Integrated Theatre Commands: India Needs to Think Big

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The United States was the first country to start working on the concept of jointmanship among all the branches of its military. Though the US Army started working on joint functioning way back in 1905, the concept of the Unified Command Plan (UCP) took off only in 1946, soon after the World War II, in response to friction between different branches of the military. However, the concept remained mostly in theory and the US military remained mostly disjointed.

Glaring examples of ineffectiveness of jointmanship were visible in three prominent military operations that failed miserably. The Mayaguez incident against Cambodian forces in 1975. Operation Eagle Claw to end the Iran hostage crisis in 1980. Last but not the least, Operation Urgent Fury or the invasion of Grenada in 1983. The ineffectiveness of joint operations of the United States military was a jolt to the superpower. Soon the reforms followed. Since then, it has been a continuous phenomenon. What Unified Command Plan we witness today is the result of restructuring in 2011.

Continue to read my article on India’s biggest Think-Tank organization ‘Chanakya Forum’:

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  1. I finished the entire article and understand why this is in bold: “A minute can determine the result of the battle, an hour the result of the campaign, and a day the fate of empires.”

    That is the crux of the problem. No matter how many state-of-the-art war machines are available, it means nothing if there is no intelligent, coordinated, usage.

    1. In China’s case, the more we delay in tackling them, the more we fall into their trap of being a responsible and civilized nation.

      1. So far, among other atrocities, we’ve seen bio-warfare from them, persecution of people practicing the peaceful exercises of Falun Gong, and using political prisoners for organ harvesting.

        People who want a one-world government need to study the habits of dictators through the ages and ask, “Who would be the leaders?” From my vantage point, it appears that China is vying for that spot.

  2. Thanks for this food for thought – and for sharing it with us, dear Commander and friend!

  3. Very interesting, thank you for sharing your perspectives. I’ve always wondered why they call it war ‘theatre’ — any thoughts on that? I’ve always been anti-war, was in the Peace Corps decades ago. I guess with age I’ve come to accept it more as a permanent feature of the human condition, but I still don’t understand it. I’m not anti-military, I do understand the need for protection. I guess it’s more the expansionism that boggles the mind. I like your articles because they focus on strategy, that is an approachable area for me at least! 🙂

    1. Threatre in this context means the arena.
      I get your point. Over 2000 years back, Indian society had come off age and evolved. Peace and harmony became part of Indian ethos and philosophy. We were into art, literature, and culture. But in that bargain, Indians forgot to defend themselves. India was ruled by foreigners for over 1000 years. We lost a lot of heritage and valuable scriptures. That experience displayed that we can’t ever ignore security and defense.

      1. That is indeed a very painful lesson. To lose heritage and scriptures of our ancestors is an incalculable tragedy. May we all come of age and evolve to realize how deeply such tragedies affect all of us. Thank you for sharing your expertise and wisdom that we may learn at last!

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