Army Commanders’ Conference – Update (April, 2023)
The Indian Army conducts the Army Commanders’ Conference (ACC) biannually to discuss critical matters related to security and other related aspects. The first edition of the ACC for the year 2023 is being organized from April 17 to 21. The conference will be conducted in a hybrid format, taking advantage of available technology to ensure secure communication. Army Commanders and other senior functionaries attended the conference virtually on the first day. It is followed by physical meetings in Delhi to balance detailed deliberations on matters.
Agenda and Updates
The first day of the conference included discussions on agenda points sponsored by various Command Headquarters. This will be followed by an update from Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command and sessions by Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters. The conference will also review the progress made on the activities charted out as part of ‘Year of Transformation-2023.’ Additionally, advancements on Agnipath scheme, digitisation and automation initiatives, Combat Engineers tasks, work aspects, and budget management will also be discussed.
Security and Operational Preparedness
Apart from the review of the Army’s progress, the apex leadership of the Army will brainstorm on the current and emerging security scenarios. The operational preparedness of the force will also be reviewed during the conference.
Equipment Display and Talks
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to address the biennial conference on 19th April. During his speech, he will also review an equipment display focusing on niche technology, innovation, solutions for surveillance, Artificial Intelligence, training, robotics, virtual reality, and operational logistics. The conference will also feature a talk on future contours of India-China relations by Vijay Gokhale, former Foreign Secretary. Vijay Gokhale is a renowned diplomat and has a deep understanding of India’s foreign policy.