Defence Commanders to review security

November 14th, 2007 - 2:43 am ICT by admin  
The Combined Commanders’ Conference will commence here tomorrow. Besides the Prime Minister, it will be addressed by Defence Minister A K Antony and National Security Advisor M K Narayanan.

Chief of Army staff, General Deepak Kapoor, addressed an Army Commanders’ Conference, to focus on key policy, conceptual and doctrinal issues in the light of the prevailing and developing security environment.

All Army Commanders and senior officers of the Army attended the conference. The deliberations of the conference are to continue till October 27.

The conference reviewed the nation’s security environment, status of operational readiness and also took note of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-east.

Aspects of force modernisation, including battlefield transparency, long range precision engagement and integral air-mobility are being discussed in detail as part of the overall review.

One critical issue on the agenda is the Army’s Space Vision 2020.

The Army realises the importance of space as a vital arena for future exploitation and has already established a “Space Cell” in the Army HQ to coordinate space-based applications in a joint services operational environment.

The appraisal of the progress made in transforming the Army from platform centric to network-enabled and finally to a fully network centric force was also a part of the discussions.

“Besides discussing various issues, we shall be carrying out a holistic review of the entire operations situation with specific reference to the analysis of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and in the eastern region,” Lt. General Sushil Gupta, Deputy Chief of Army Staff, said.

“We shall also be discussing issues related to force modernisation, certain issues on battlefield transparency as also the necessity of having an integral transport fleet as far as the air aviation wing is concerned,” he added.

Air Force commanders, led by Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major met to take stock of new acquisitions that are expected over the next six months.

Meanwhile, Admiral Sureesh Mehta met with senior officials of Indian Navy. (ANI)

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