Rajnath Singh announces setting up of Tri-Services Joint Theatre Command
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on 24 July announced the establishment of a joint theatre command of the three services to enhance coordination among the armed forces.
Keeping in view the joint operation seen in Operation Vijay in Kargil, the government has decided to set up a Joint Theatre Command.
The Kargil war underlined the dire need to achieve jointness and self-reliance in the defence sector.
The establishment of a 'Joint Theatre Command' is one of the steps being taken to achieve self-reliance in defence.
About Joint Theatre Command System
The objective of the 'Theatre Command System' is to bring about synergistic coordination among the three branches of the Armed Forces.
Its objective is to bring different commands for Army, Navy, Air Force under a single command under the leadership of a single Commander.
In addition to operational synergies, theatre command systems would also contribute to more streamlined costs and a combat force.
In addition, theatre command systems are intended to focus more on resource allocation and help reduce redundancy.
Joint services commands in India
There are two joint services commands in India, one is Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) and the second is Strategic Forces Command (SFC).
Established in 2001, the ANC is based in Port Blair and is headed by officers of the three services in turn.
The command covers India's strategic interests in Southeast Asia and the Straits of Malacca.
Theatre commands in other countries
The United States was the first country to implement a theatre command system with six geographic and four functional commands
Russia also started with the reorganization of its defence forces in 2008 and has four theatre commands.
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