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Integrated Theatre Commands: boon or bane for the Indian Military

The fundamental problem with the integration plan is that integration revolves around the weakest link in the chain; the army

Abhijit Iyer-Mitra 

Abhijit Iyer-Mitra When one has lacked coordination & jointness for the better part of 70 years, the natural tendency is to overdo it. India’s new integrated theatre commands is a classic case of overdoing it to the point of abject foolishness. Obviously most of the defence media has been overwhelmingly positive about the idea of the armed forces fighting seamlessly. What could be wrong about that? Well as it turns out lots – because the proposed new Integrated commands are less about jointness and more about perpetuating army centrism, giving the army more control and in fact dangerously eroding ...

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First Published: Fri, September 30 2016. 11:00 IST
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The fundamental problem with the integration plan is that integration revolves around the weakest link in the chain; the army

The fundamental problem with the integration plan is that integration revolves around the weakest link in the chain; the army When one has lacked coordination & jointness for the better part of 70 years, the natural tendency is to overdo it. India’s new integrated theatre commands is a classic case of overdoing it to the point of abject foolishness. Obviously most of the defence media has been overwhelmingly positive about the idea of the armed forces fighting seamlessly. What could be wrong about that? Well as it turns out lots – because the proposed new Integrated commands are less about jointness and more about perpetuating army centrism, giving the army more control and in fact dangerously eroding ... image
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Integrated Theatre Commands: boon or bane for the Indian Military

The fundamental problem with the integration plan is that integration revolves around the weakest link in the chain; the army

When one has lacked coordination & jointness for the better part of 70 years, the natural tendency is to overdo it. India’s new integrated theatre commands is a classic case of overdoing it to the point of abject foolishness. Obviously most of the defence media has been overwhelmingly positive about the idea of the armed forces fighting seamlessly. What could be wrong about that? Well as it turns out lots – because the proposed new Integrated commands are less about jointness and more about perpetuating army centrism, giving the army more control and in fact dangerously eroding ...

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