NEW DELHI: Two months ago, the Indian government announced its intent of carrying out the much-anticipated reforms in Defence by naming a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and creating a Department of Military Affairs (DMA). Both have their tasks cut out and clear timelines has been set. The idea is to eliminate duplication and red tape, optimise defence resources and improve the battle readiness of the country’s armed forces by promoting greater synergy among the various arms. How is former Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, who took over as the first CDS, and the newly formed department going about the jobs assigned to them? StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale explains in this edition of ‘Simply Nitin’.
Author, thought leader and one of South Asia's leading strategic analysts, Nitin A. Gokhale has forty years of rich and varied experience behind him as a conflict reporter, Editor, author and now a media entrepreneur who owns and curates two important digital platforms, BharatShakti.in and StratNewsGlobal.com focusing on national security, strategic affairs and foreign policy matters. At the beginning of his long and distinguished career, Gokhale has lived and reported from India’s North-east for 23 years, writing and analysing various insurgencies in the region, been on the ground at Kargil in the summer of 1999 during the India-Pakistan war, and also brought live reports from Sri Lanka’s Eelam War IV between 2006-2009. Author of over a dozen books on wars, insurgencies and conflicts, Gokhale relocated to Delhi in 2006, was Security and Strategic Affairs Editor at NDTV, a leading Indian broadcaster for nine years, before launching in 2015 his own digital properties. An alumni of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies in Hawaii, Gokhale now writes, lectures and analyses security and strategic matters in Indo-Pacific and travels regularly to US, Europe, South and South-East Asia to speak at various international seminars and conferences. Gokhale also teaches at India’s Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), the three war colleges, India's National Defence College, College of Defence Management and the intelligence schools of both the R&AW and Intelligence Bureau. He tweets at @nitingokhale
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