The Defence Ministry of India has approved the creation of a new post in the Army- Deputy Chief for Military Operations and Strategic Planning. The Deputy Chief will deal with strategic planning, military operations, intelligence and operational logistics. This is the 3rd post of deputy chief in the Indian Army. In addition to this, another new post, the DG of Information Warfare, is also being created. These are a part of the ongoing reforms in the Army Headquarters.
First Deputy Chief for Military Operations and Strategic Planning
Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh is to be come the first Deputy Chief of Army of Staff (Strategy).
Role of DC for Military Operations and Strategic Planning
The Indian Army Headquarters had instituted 4 major roles for the new post namely military intelligence, strategic planning, military operations and operational logistics.
DG of Information Warfare
The Defence Ministry has also created another post called DG of Information Warfare. His roles will be to fulfill the needs of hybrid warfare, future battlefield and social media realties.
Who recommended the Deputy Chief?
The Deputy Chief was recommended by the Four Studies of Indian Army officer. During the Army Commanders Conference, 2018, the Indian Army Headquarters instituted four studies with an objective to enhance budget expenditure, facilitate modernisation, enhance operational and functional efficiency and address aspirations.
The process of creation of the two posts started after the Doklam crisis with China (2016). During the Doklam crisis, the higher officials in the Indian Army wanted to coordinate with the headquarters directly.
The Doklam plateau lies at the tri junction of India, China & Bhutan. Doklam crisis began with India objecting the Chinese road construction in the region. According to India and Bhutan government, the region is recognised as territory of Bhutan. China also stopped allowing pilgrims heading towards Kailash-Mansarovar through Nathu-La pass. This led to the Doklam stand-off between India & China.
Also, experts believe that, in the backend, China wanted to cut off the Siliguri corridor in the region. If China captured this narrow corridor, India will lose its complete link between the north eastern region and the Indian mainland.
The Corridor is also called as the Chicken’s Neck. The Siliguri Corridor is a narrow stretch of land of about 22 km width, located in West Bengal, that connects India’s northeastern states to the rest of India, with the countries of Bangladesh and Nepal lying on either side of the corridor.