Armed forces come out with two joint doctrines

The armed forces released two important doctrines on joint air-land operations and on perception management-cum-psychological endevour.

New Delhi: The armed forces today released
two important doctrines on joint air-land operations and on
perception management-cum-psychological endevour aimed at
creating requisite synergy among the Army, Navy and Air Force
for enhancing their coordinated fighting capabilities.

The two doctrines have been formulated by the Doctrine
Directorate of Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) Headquarters, a
tri-service organisation created after the 1999 Kargil war to
achieve synergy in the operations of Army, Navy and Air Force.

"The two doctrines will create the requisite synergy
between the three Services in important military matters and
will go a long way towards enhancing joint fighting
capabilities of Indian armed forces," a Defence Ministry
release said here.

IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik, who is also the
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, released the two
joint operational doctrines here. Navy chief Admiral Nirmal
Verma and Army Chief General V K Singh were present on the

The joint doctrine for Air-Land Operations would serve as
the cornerstone doctrinal document for employment of military
power in a joint operations scenario with the use of the
Army`s infantry, armoured and artillery strength alongside the
Air Force`s fire power.

It establishes the framework of concepts and principles
to understand the approach to planning and conduct of air-land
operation in a conventional war scenario.

The joint doctrine lays down organisations and procedures
that would leverage the available technology towards
synergistic application of air power, the release said.

The doctrine on Military Psychological Operations is a
policy, planning and implementation document that aims to
create a conducive environment for the armed forces to operate
by using the communication media available with the armed

It constitutes a planned process of conveying a message
to select target audience, to promote particular themes that
result in desired attitudes and behaviour, which affect the
achievement of political and military objectives of the
country, the release said.

"Given the potential benefit of psychological operations
as an effective force multiplier, its use in support of
military aims and objectives is considerable," it added.

The doctrine also provides guidelines for activities
related to perception management in sub-conventional
operations -- such as the counter-insurgency efforts in Jammu
and Kashmir and the North Eastern states -- in an internal
environment wherein misguided population may have to be
brought into the mainstream.

In the last couple of years, the Integrated Defence Staff
Headquarters has brought out a series of joint warfare
doctrines including one on amphibious warfare.


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