Indian Army National Seminar-cum-Webinar, named as “Divya-Drishti 2021” on Multi-Domain Operations: Future of Conflicts was organised by Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS). The event was aimed to bring together national and international experts and practitioners to deliberate on the complex and emerging subject on multi-domain operations (MDO).

The webinar was attended virtually by Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General MM Naravane, Lt Gen CP Mohanty, Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Raj Shukla, GOC-in-C ARTRAC along with other dignitaries from the Ministry of Defence, three Services, former COAS’ and leading security Think Tanks in the country, members of the media etc.

In his inaugural address, General MM Naravane, emphasised the threats and challenges to our national security in the future and the need to remain vigilant at all levels. The collusive threats along the borders coupled with state sponsored terrorism reveals that the Indian Army needs to be prepared in multiple domains to tackle adversarial threats and to safeguard the territorial integrity of the country. He said, a multi-domain war demands redetermination and re-examination of our doctrines, strategy and up-gradation of our capabilities.

The proceedings of the seminar were conducted in three sessions. The first session was focussed on “Future Threats and Challenges: India’s Preparedness in Multi Domain Ops” wherein the panellists analysed the emerging security threats and challenges in the sub-continent, India’s preparedness and concept of warfighting in MDO. Second session on “Enhancing Jointness in MDO” examined the concepts of jointness and measures required to achieve cohesion as a joint force and integration of services and domains were also discussed at length. In the third session on “Achieving Convergence & Collusivity in MDO”, requirement of joint structures to fight joint wars in multi-domains, integration and convergence of force structure and creation of theatre commands were discussed.

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