LAYING A ROAD MAP FOR THE FIRST CDS
News behind the News|NbN 13 January 2020
Laying a road map for the first CDS, General Rawat, Gurmeet Kanwal (former director, Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi) suggests the first item on the agenda “should be the formulation of integrated operational plans.

In fact, the CDS should be instrumental in obtaining the defence minister’s approval for an integrated tri-service operational directive. It is well known that the operational plans of the armed forces are single-service plans, and they lack the synergy that comes from integrated planning…..”

Kanwal recalls major wars where integrated planning was absent - in 1962, 1975 and in 1971. “Hence, it emerges that operational planning must be seamlessly integrated in modern conventional conflict. After gaining some experience with the CDS-led operational planning, it will be time to graduate to integrated theatre commands to further optimise the planning and execution of joint operations.”

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