New Delhi: Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said that India needs a separate military command structure to deal with future security challenges. General Rawat said that the country needs a separate military command structure and a model paradigm to face emerging security threats like ‘grey zone’ war.
Referring to the drone attack on the Jammu Air Force Station, he said that if such strikes affect the national security of India, it should reserve the right to respond at a place and time of its choice. In a session at think-tank ‘Global Counter-Terrorism Council (GCTC)’, General Rawat said the armed forces have developed an anti-drone mechanism, but the country has to put in a huge number if it has to protect its entire strategic assets. There is a need for such systems.
He also strongly supported the proposed ‘Theatre Command’ to integrate the capabilities of the Army, Air Force and Navy, saying that the restructuring was necessary to ensure optimum utilization of their resources for future challenges, wars and operations. He said new structures would emerge within a year.
Referring to the drone strike in Jammu, General Rawat said, “Ceasefire does not mean just stopping the fire between the adversaries along the Line of Control. If you are using indirect systems, will disrupt harmony and harm each other… that is a ceasefire violation. We will deal with it that way.”
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