The Annual Unified Commanders’ Conference — an annual forum of defence policy makers concluded today in New Delhi. The conference attended by Raksha Mantri Arun Jaitley, the Chairman Chief of Staff Committee Admiral Sunil Lanba, the other two Services Chief, National Security Advisor, the three Vice Chiefs, Defence Secretary, other senior military commanders and Senior defence ministry officials took stock of the security challenges facing the nation and reviewed the region’s security scenario.
Addressing the conference, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba stressed on the significance of “synergised execution” of operational plans and encouraged all to ensure rigorous cost benefit analysis while creating any new structures.
Admiral Lanba apprised the audience regarding the Cabinet decision for creation of a tri service Special Operations Division, a tri service Defence Cyber Agency and a tri service Defence Space Agency. The special operations division as well as cyber and space agencies will come up under the tri-services framework involving the Navy, the Indian Air Force and the Army.
Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra also assured the conference of top military commanders today that amid India’s efforts to bolster its external security apparatus, MoD will take all necessary administrative action to set up the new agencies on priority. The Defence Secretary apprised the audience that the defence cyber and space agencies and special operations division will soon become a reality,” the defence ministry said in a statement.
The conference discussed various relevant issues including functional and operational synergy among the armed forces and enhancement of training curriculum for its personnel. One of the highlights was the presentation on ‘Big Data towards Insightful Decision Making’, by the prestigious College of Defence Management. This concept has already been introduced in training curriculum of select senior military officers.
The “joint curriculum” in the prestigious defence services staff college, one of the oldest tri-services institutions in the world, has also been increased to over 60 per cent, thus paving the way for an enhanced shared perspective in executing joint operations.
With the purpose of making the military physical training even more scientific, a decision to incorporate Sports Medicine in the methodology of training cadets, recruits and combat soldiers was also taken during the above conference.