Northern Command holds 3-day strategic conclave at Udhampur

Northern Command holds 3-day strategic conclave at Udhampur
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Jammu, June 3: A three days ‘Strategic Conclave’ was on Friday concluded at Headquarters Northern Command in Udhampur in which military experts shared their insights on the salient aspects of ‘Gray Zone Warfare’ and its manifestations which have a direct bearing and connection to myriad levels of warfare.

The eminent speakers who participated in the event included three former Army Commanders including Lieutenant General (retired) Praveen Bakshi, retired Lieutenant General DS Hooda, retired Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan, three former Corps Commanders i.e., retired Lieutenant General SA Hasnain, retired Lieutenant General SL Narsimhan, Lieutenant General Savneet Singh, esteemed writers and senior specialists Nitin Gokhale, Jaydev Ranade, Claude Arpi and Vijay Gokhale (former foreign secretary) and senior serving military officers.

According to the Defence PRO, the strategic conclave discussed unique challenges being faced by the Northern Command with regard to ‘two and a half fronts’ with live phenomenon of ‘Gray Zone Warfare’.

While the recently concluded ‘North Tech Symposium’ was aimed at integrating niche technology into the Armed Forces under the ‘Raksha Atmanirbharta’ dominion, the Defence PRO Udhampur said that: “The Strategic Conclave strived to reinforce the strategic thinking culture and develop understanding on joint ‘Response Mechanism’ in the Diplomatic, Informational, Military and Economic (DIME) spheres through these deliberations.”

He said that “The endeavor of Northern Command remains to forge a force with the ability to address the ‘Gray Zone Conundrum’ and its relationship with various levels of war. Gray Zone Warfare will manifest into a range of activities that were traditionally considered beyond the scope of military actions, yet the Armed Forces have to respond with a clear eye on the escalatory matrix.”

Meanwhile, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Northern Command, Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi expressed gratitude to the eminent speakers, for having crafted their thoughts after detailed analysis.

He also thanked the speakers for their valuable recommendations for the ‘Whole of Nation Approach’ towards countering the current and future threats.

The Army Commander remarked that the conclave also intended to address the issues of civil military jointness in decision making, the lines of effort encompassing the entire construct of DIME and the interdisciplinary response to the threats.

The Army Commander emphasized that the ‘Gray Zone Warfare’ is ongoing for Northern Command in J&K and Ladakh by expl the space between peace and war, also referred to as ‘No War No Peace’ and the military commanders have to discern the threats through thinly veiled indicators.

He stressed that there is a need to take a relook at the technologically enabled ‘Human Resource Management’ to meet these future challenges.

The Army Commander indicated to the participants that the future holds unique challenges for all of us; and strategic calculation, cooperation and understanding among all stakeholders should be the mantra to secure internal calm and external peace.

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