Army ‘Transformation’: A ‘Radical’ One?
- According to the news report, ‘One of the most critical proposals is the creation of a Strategic Command, under which the three Strike Corps would be brought together.’
- Either the South Western or the Southern Command headquarters will be changed into the headquarter of the Strategic Comamnd.
- A proposal for the raising of a mountain strike corps is with the ministry.
- Governmental imprimatur to the plan has in all likelihood been given. The report states: ‘A dependable Army source said the plan is now set to be rolled out. A defence ministry source said the ministry would go along with the proposed reforms.’
‘Continuous control of the escalatory ladder requires much closer political oversight and politico-civil-military interaction. It is, therefore, essential to keep the military leadership within the security and strategic decision-making loop and having a direct politico-military interface.’2