NSA to head new Defence panel

NSA to head new Defence panel

What has happened?

The new permanent higher defence management committee headed by the National Security Adviser can help improve India’s defence planning in the long term, but may end up having no noticeable impact if the present government does not return to power in 2019, several military sources and observers say.

Plan of action

  • A government notification on Wednesday said the Defence Planning Committee (DPC) would prepare a draft national security strategy, develop a capability development plan and work on defence diplomacy issues and improving defence manufacturing in India
  • The DPC will submit its reports to the Defence Minister

Four sub-committees

The notification listed four sub-committees of the DPC.

  • One will look at policy and strategy
  • The second will work on plans and capability development
  • The third on defence diplomacy
  • The fourth on defence manufacturing ecosystem

Members of these sub-committees will be decided by the DPC

Mixed reaction

  • Most observers said the DPC would be able to make no visible impact during the tenure of this government
  • If the next government is a different one, they will dump this committee
  • This the first time the NSA would be having such a direct role in planning India’s security strategy
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