Deputy Chief of Strategy
The Army Headquarters of the Indian Army is facing major restructure as a new post has been approved by the Government of India. The need of a new post was felt during the 2017 Doklam Crisis, a border tussle that involved three stakeholders Bhutan, India & China.
The new post will also be known as Deputy Chief of Army. At present Lt. Gen. Saini is holding a post of a Dy Chief of the Army. Another officer with equivalent rank will hold the second post of Dy Chief of Army who will act as a “single-point advice” person to the Vice Chief of Army on operational issues. The officer will be responsible for operations, intelligence, perspective and information warfare, etc. The Directorate General of Military Intelligence & the Directorate General of Military Operations (DGMO) will be operating under him. The new Deputy Chief will also be command two new offices, Perspective Planning & Strategic Communications. These two offices will be headed by the Directorate General of Lt Gen Rank.
Lt Gen Paramjit Singh is likely to be selected for the post of Deputy Chief of Army (Strategy). As part of the four studies for Army reforms, changes have been proposed to restructure the Army Headquarters.
At the time of the Doklam Standoff, the standing committee for planning and operations was created. Later, it felt that it should become a necessary part of the structure.
The then Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat, in June 2018, had commissioned four studies for Army’s Structural Reforms. The main aim of reforms was to enhance the operational and functional efficiency of the force. The current requirements of the force are increasing, thus to meet them budget optimization is required. To facilitate modernization and to address the aspiration, Research and Development works are in need as we are heading towards becoming Aatma-Nirbhar, for which funds will be needed.
Indian Navy- the most underrated against China
India China Border tussle is still on. Various rounds of talks have been conducted by both the nation. The on-ground situation seems different. Recently China deployed its assault boats near Pangong Tso Lake, the epicenter of the tussle. Though the lake is frozen the need for such deployment itself raises questions. Throughout the tussle, only two forces have made to the headlines, the Indian Army and the Indian Airforce. The brave Indian soldiers including Colonel Santhosh Babu have laid their life protecting the sovereignty of the nation and the Indian Airforce was guarding the skies of Ladakh to counter any air threats from China. But it will be unfair not to give any credit to the Indian Navy.
Indian Navy has always worked in the background to balance the third domain of conventional warfare. Not only this, the aerial capabilities of the Indian Navy were exploited during the Doklam Standoff 2017 near the Sikkim border of Indian and China later in 2020, during India China Ladakh Border Tussle.
According to the Navy Chief Karambir Singh, to keep an eye on Chinese movements, surveillance aircraft Poseidon P8I of the Indian Navy was deployed. The Boeing manufactured aircraft was inducted to hunt the Chinese submarines encompassing the Indian Ocean Region but as the requirement came in the East front and the suitability of the aircraft made it the first choice. Similarly, when the Indian forces were in need of extra fighter jet power, aircraft from the 45 aircraft fleet of INS Vikramaditya were called to roar in the Ladakh skies.
To counter China militarily in the Indo-Pacific region, militaries of the United States of America, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, etc. want a strong regional player like India. From India’s side, the Indian Navy is a suitable force to do so. Various exercises like the Malabar Exercise, SIMBEX, SITMEX, etc., and coordinated patrols with nations like France, Indonesia, Australia, etc. are conducted by the Navy.
The Indian Ocean is the only ocean in the world that is named after India. It represents the dominance of the country in the region. It is essential not only for India but also for the other countries like Sri Lanka, Maldives, etc to maintain the sovereignty of the Indian Ocean region. Hence, it is very important for the region that the Indian Navy should be well equipped and be ready to counter any misadventure of China.