Combined Commanders' Conference held in New Delhi
PM Modi and other political leaders and senior bureaucrats met top military officers at the war room of the Defence Ministry. This Combined Commanders’ Conference is the first meeting of the PM with the commanders of the three wings of the Armed Forces.
Other attendees of the Conference
The Conference was attended by the Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Admiral R.K. Dhowan and General Dalbir Singh from the Armed Forces. The Conference was addressed by the PM and Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley. External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, and Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, were also present. Top bureaucrats in attendance were National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval, and Defence Secretary, R.K.Mathur.
Presentations by the Commanders
The Chiefs of the Armed Forces will give presentations on the security scenario. The first presentation was by the Air Force chief who also serves as the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, followed by the Navy chief, and then the Army chief.
Apart from a general briefing on the analysis of potential threats and preparedness of the security forces, the Chiefs are also expected to discuss the incidents of violence along the Indo-Pak border in J&K, and the transgressions by the Chinese along India’s border with China. External threats from terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda and ISIS will also be discussed.
Combined Commanders’ Conference
The Combined Commanders’ Conference is an annual event where the Chiefs of Staff of the Navy, Army and Air Force present to the PM and other ministers the achievements of the past year, and highlight the potential issues and challenges that the country might face in the coming year. Strategic, operational, logistical and administrative aspects relating to the forces are also discussed.