The newly-created department of navy affairs, headed by the chief of defence group of workers (CDS), will be staffed with two joint secretaries, 13 deputy secretaries and 25 underneath secretaries, a government official stated on circumstance of anonymity, including that the officers would be a mix of civilians and uniformed personnel.
The new department, underneath CDS General Bipin Rawat, is an addition to the four current verticals in the defence ministry: the departments of defence, defence production, defence research and development, and ex-service welfare. As CDS, Rawat is the fundamental army adviser to the defence minister on all things related to the tri-services.
He took over as the country’s first CDS on December 31.
In his first reliable directive after taking over as CDS, Rawat final week asked top officials of Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff to put together a suggestion to create an Air Defence command to decorate navy synergy and optimally utilise the sources of the armed forces. Rawat has set a June 30 deadline for the concept to be submitted.
In the closing few days, he held sequence of conferences with important functionaries of the defence ministry and the three services exploring methods to carry in inter-service synergy and jointness in a time sure manner.
The government expects the CDS to deliver about jointness amongst the three services inside three years.
He is predicted to put together an annual report for the defence minister on achievements in enhancing jointness.
One of the key targets at the back of so-called jointmanship is the putting up of joint or theatre instructions for the first-rate use of navy sources to battle future battles. While the navy and the navy have been open to the idea, the Indian Air Force has issues about theaterisation.
The new branch will also work closer to promotion the use of indigenous tools by using the services at a time when the armed forces are heavily based on imported military hardware.
“The advent of the new posts is a step in the direction of reaching the last aim of bringing in tri-services synergy. The department desires to have officers who apprehend cross-service troubles and are well versed in authorities procedures,” said Lieutenant General Satish Dua (retd), a main expert on issues associated to the tri-services.