As the country commemorates the second anniversary of the surgical strike, the man who planned implemented the operations of the Surgical strike on Ground spoke exclusively to Republic TV’s Snehesh Alex Philip. The Chief of Integrated Defence Staff and former 15 Corps Commander, Lt Gen Satish Dua, revealed that 'efforts are in pipeline for the integration of three services'.
When asked as to why integration of three services holds utmost importance, General Satish Dua said:
"Integrated defense staff is the fourth headquarters after Army, Navy and Air Force. It has under its command all the tri-services structures. All units, establishments, training institutions in which the three services have their components together, we operate or train together. Integrated defense staff headquarters also co-ordinates any activity, any operation or exercise where all three services or two services are involved".
Further explaining the crux of integration, he informed:
"World over most Arm Forces certainly all the big ones have integrated structures. Integration is required between the three forces because it is the best way to enhance ones combat power. The combat potential of a particular service is enhanced. You get more value for money and also resource optimization. There is a huge cost saving if our logistics, our operations, our services are integrated. For a developing country like India, can lead to duplication and triplication of resources. These are the two main advantages of integration and that is why the world has moved on to integrated structures".
"The last point that I would want to make here is that in the new age technologies, in the emerging new technologies like cyber, space in these new emerging fields there are no boundaries between the civil and the military. Let alone between the three services. So, today in this non--contact warfare we have to be prepared for challenges other than military. What if there is a cyber attack and our aviation and banking are shut down. In this type of challenges, there are no blurring of boundaries. So, we have to operate and prepare ourselves together and that is why in these emerging technologies all this leads to the integration of all the three services together", he added.
When asked whether disaster relief management also part of the integrated services, he said:
"Infact, disaster relief, Humanitarian Assiastance in Disaster Relief (HADR) is clearly a mandate of headquater IVs. Last year in January during the commander conference in Dehradun, the Prime Minister gave us very clear instructions and very clear directions that We (Army, Navy and Airforce) must conduct other exerciseswith other stake holders like the NDMAs and SDMAs that every state has, other deparments that co ordinate during the operations like the coastguards and the district administrations. So, they asked us to take the lead so that we can involve better drills to help out people who are stuck. Since the last one and a half year, we have conducted six different drills, each in a different state, each in a different setting like an earthquake-prone area, flood in a flood-prone area and so on and so forth. These exercises have really produced its results. We involved better drill, we have identified weakness. I must tell you an interesting fact. When we had this exercise in Hyderabad, less than a week of that exercise getting over there were floods. And the very same people who had interected wth each other, and WhatsApp groups that were made, the drills that were perfected the weakness that were corrected, we could draw out very good lessons after that to rescue civilians. We had this exercise in Kochi and after that there were floods in Kerala. So, it paid such good results".
Furthermore, he revealed that efforts are in pipeline for the integration of three services:
"It's a good idea to integrate special forces for operations, for training and living together to understand and learn from each other's best practices. Special Forces have to be prepared for different situations and different contingencies. We plan so many things and then one will happen in a different location and different contexts. Those efforts in the pipeline. We are planning to integrated our 'Garuds' of the Air force, the 'Marcos' of the Navy and the special forces and Paracommandos of the India Army will be put together. It's a good thought and it's a work in progress".
Indian Army carried out a surgical strike on Pakistan on September 29, 2016, and at least 38 terrorists were eliminated in the surgical strike. The precision attacks were carried out by the Indian Army after 19 soldiers were martyred in a Pakistan-sponsored attack.