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2) While the idea of a Theatre Command may seemingly have some operational advantage, the permanency of dividing our own territory into Operational Theatres as a defence measure may be counterproductive. Comment.(250 words) 

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2) While the idea of a Theatre Command may seemingly have some operational advantage, the permanency of dividing our own territory into Operational Theatres as a defence measure may be counterproductive. Comment.(250 words) 

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Why this question

There have been calls for a unified theatre command on lines of NATO and others. But the idea has its own pitfalls which need to be discussed upon.

Directive word

Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to deliberate upon the idea of a theatre command and bring out as to whether dividing our country into operational theatres will be counter productive or not. We have to form the opinion based on a proper discussion in which arguments for or against the statement need to be presented.

Structure of the answer

Introduction- write a few introductory lines about the Theatre Command concept- the idea of forming three integrated military Theatre Commands, covering the Northern, Eastern and Southern territory, that would subsume all operational functions of the existing 19 predominantly single-service commands in their respective geographical areas.

Body-

  • Discuss the benefits of such a command. E.g better coordination; quicker maneuverability; quicker response in case of a war etc.
  • Discuss the cons of a theatre command concept. E.g technology now offers stand-off means and special weapons that reduce the need for direct confrontation. The days of large manoeuvering armies are over, especially in a nuclear-threat scenario; the current responsibilities of the 19 commands towards administering, training, equipping and supporting the forces under their charge would in no way diminish if such Theatre Commands are formed- creating more top-heavy organization, which is not required; IAF assets, including special weapons, are limited in number and are distributed across the country, which require base-installation support. It is not possible to triplicate or quadruplicate them to every Theatre Command. Same is the case with skilled personnel and EW (electronic warfare) and C4ISR (command, control, computers, communications, intelligence and reconnaissance) equipment etc.

Conclusion–  sum up your discussion in a few lines and form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the above issue.