Armed Forces stress need for Integrated Communication Networks

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Tvm: The top Commanders of the Indian armed forces have emphasized the need for integrated and secure communication networks for ease of tri-service interaction. This was the highlight of the two-day Tri-service Conference which concluded in Thiruvananthapuram today.

In the light of the terrorist attack in Mumbai on 26 Nov 2008, this was considered an important facet and the synergy that was demanded of the three services. The command, control and coordination for effective coastal security can only be achieved through cooperative exercises in a realistic scenario. 

The conference discussed the strategic reach, both by aerospace and maritime power in the context of the Indian Ocean Region and the country’s security umbrella. The commanders deliberated at length to arrive at workable solutions towards seamless integration and synergy of the three services counter threats posed to the vast national resources in the southern peninsula and economic zones in the Indian Ocean Region.

Southern Air Command chief Air Marshal Sumit Mukerji underlined the need to take the spirit of jointmanship and synergy to the lowest component of the Service Commands. This was crucial for successful outcome of the conference, he said. The conference was chaired by Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff (New Delhi) Air Marshal SC Mukul and was attended by Southern Army Command (Pune) GOC-in-C Lt. General Pradeep Khanna, Southern Naval Command (Kochi) FOC-in-C Vice Admiral KN Sushil and Andaman & Nicobar Command (Port Blair) C-in-C Vice Admiral DK Joshi.

Air Marshal Mukul in his concluding address stressed the importance of coordination and understanding given the vast area of responsibility the Commands being represented in the conference. He urged the Commanders to develop the necessary C2 network with interoperable capability for effective communication and speed of response. Joint operations in a networked environment would be the requirement of the future.

The Tri-service Conference of the Southeast theatre was held at the Southern Air Command HQ at Akkulam in Trivandrum. The meet was held in the backdrop of the security hazards following recent developments along the Indian Ocean Region in general and the southern peninsula in particular.

Kerala IT News

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