Army chief orders rightsizing study

In an attempt to make the world’s third largest standing Army a leaner and meaner fighting force, the Chief of the Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh, has ordered a high-level study to determine and recommend measures to improve its tooth-to-tail ratio.

Informed sources said the issue was deliberated at length during the recent Army commanders’ conference and based on those discussions, General Singh ordered the study last week.

The study will be undertaken by a committee headed by an Army Commander. The report is expected by August-end, after which recommendations will be considered for implementation.

To review Army logistics

“The study will comprehensively look at all arms and services, including logistics organisation and establishment to achieve right-sizing. Operational logistics will be reviewed, along with the philosophy and concepts to arrive at an optimal substance model both in peace and war,” a senior officer with knowledge of the matter told The Hindu. The other objective of the study is to achieve savings in manpower and cutting down on the burgeoning revenue expenditure to free up resources for military modernisation.

The tooth-to-tail ratio, referred to as T3R in the Army, is the ratio of fighting arms, which wage the actual battle such as infantry and armoured wings, to support services, such as logistics, signals and ordnance. Interestingly, the Army is in the process of raising a new mountain strike corps based in Panagarh, West Bengal, comprising 35,000 soldiers, to guard the China front.

Addressing the Combined Commanders Conference onboard the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya last December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country had been slow in reforming structures within the armed forces to promote “jointness”, and called for efforts to “shorten the tooth-to-tail ratio”.

The study will look at the impact of equipment modernisation and automation levels improved communication and critical infrastructure development to review stock levels, inventory management models and logistics chain which add to the “tail”.

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