Commanders to debate battle readiness, security threats

April 20th, 2011 - 10:12 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) The security situation in India’s neighbourhood, maritime safety and piracy, terrorism and internal threats are among the issues commanders army, navy and air force commander will debate at their meetings next fortnight, informed sources said Wednesday.

The biannual meets, which will see participation from Defence Minister A.K. Antony and the security brass, will also take up for discussion, the forces’ battle readiness, war doctrines, personnel policies and welfare, and procurement plans, they said.

The army and air force commanders will meet under the chairmanship of their respective chiefs General V.K. Singh and Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik for three days beginning April 25.

The navy commanders conference, chaired by chief Admiral Nirmal Verma, will be held in the first week of May.

The maintenance of the three services’ equipment and the force levels and structures too would form part of the discussions.

The army and the air force have seven commands each while the navy has three commands.

India also has a tri-services command headquartered in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, apart from a Delhi-based strategic forces command and an Integrated Defence Staff headquarters, all headed by a Lieutenant General-rank officer or equivalents from the air forces and navy.

The conference will also be attended by the three chiefs’ principal staff officers on the basis of the topic of discussion relating to their departments, the sources added.

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