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What are Integrated Theatre Commands? Discuss the prospects and  challenges faced in the implementation of the integrated theatre commands for India.

Topic: Security challenges and their management in border areas – linkages of organized crime with terrorism.

5. What are Integrated Theatre Commands? Discuss the prospects and  challenges faced in the implementation of the integrated theatre commands for India. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

The question is from based on the theme of Integrated Theatre Commands. For the wider consultations on the creation of integrated tri-service theatre commands a high-level committee consisting of representatives from the services and the Ministries were formed.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss the prospects and challenges faced in the implementation of the integrated theatre commands for India.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with what you understand by Theatre commands.

Body:

An integrated theatre command envisages a unified command of the three Services, under a single commander, for geographical theatres (areas) that are of strategic and security concern.

Discuss the need for Integrated Theatre Command – The Shekatkar Committee had recommended the formation of three integrated theatre commands namely, western for the Pakistan border, northern for the China border and southern for the maritime role. The Kargil Review Committee (1999), which was set up after the end of the Kargil War, also recommended the creation of joint theatre commands.

Bring out the prospects and challenges in realizing the idea of theatre commands.

 Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.