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Panel discussion on India’s Wars at NDC



Panel discussion on India’s Wars at NDC

The National Defence College, New Delhi held a panel discussion on 22 April 2016 to discuss a soon to be released book ‘India’s Wars: A Military History 1947-1971’ written by one of its faculty members Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramaniam. Opening the proceedings, the Commandant of NDC Lt Gen NS Ghei expressed his satisfaction that the NDC was emerging as a research and intellectual hub within the strategic domain. The eminent panel comprised veterans of all three services who were witness to and participated in the momentous wars that India fought in 1962, 1965 and 1971. Vice Admiral Subhash Chopra Lt Gen Satish Nambiar and Air Marshal Patney shared their perspectives of land, maritime and air operations during the period with an audience that comprised the NDC course participants, officers from the three service HQs and a few think tanks.

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Chief of Army Staff Reviews Exercise Shatrujeet
General Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) witnessed the conduct of exercise SHATRUJEET in Rajasthan today. The Army Chief was received by Lieutenant General Sarath Chand, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Sapta Shakti Command in the exercise location. The COAS was briefed on the operational plans and conduct of the exercise by Lieutenant General Shokin Chauhan, General Officer Commanding, Strike Corps.

Exercise is being conducted as part of regular training where the Strike Corps is practicing and honing war fighting skills. One airborne brigade (Parachute Brigade) is being dropped tonight behind simulated enemy lines to address objectives in depth by vertical envelopment and to maintain high tempo of operations. Composite infantry and mechanised columns of Strike Corps will manoeuvre deep into enemy territory and link up with the airborne force. Networked radars, UAVs and aerial surveillance platforms will ensure continuous flow of information resulting in battlefield transparency and enable commanders to assess and suitably modify their operational plans to meet the emerging challenges and exploit fleeting opportunities. Mobile communication systems integrated with terrestrial network will provide efficient communication on move across the battlefield. During his visit, the COAS reviewed complex and integrated operational manoeuvres of the formation. Synergy between Army and Air Force in executing air-land battle and the ability to orchestrate battle in network centric environment were successfully validated.

The COAS appreciated the standard of training of the formations and complimented them on their battle readiness. 

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Army Commanders’ Conference Begins on 25 Apr 2016
The Army Commander’s Conference will be held from 25 April to 30 Apr 2016, in New Delhi to appraise current and emerging strategic security scenario, review of operational preparedness of the Indian Army and aspects pertaining to training, administration, military technology and force modernisation. Hon’ble Raksha Mantri will be addressing this high level Army Conference on 25 April at Manekshaw Convention Centre, Delhi Cantt. Subsequent to the address of the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri, the Conference will be chaired by Gen Dalbir Singh, The Chief of the Army Staff. The VCOAS, all Army Commanders and other senior Army Officers will attend the conference. As part of the five day conference there will be a structured interaction with senior officials of the MoD including the Defence Secretary. 

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