Major Rejig at Army HQs

Issue 6 - 2020

Appointment of Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (DCOAS) (Strategy). It is understood that the Government has agree to the creation of a new appointment called ‘Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (DCOAS) (Strategy)’ who will oversee perspective planning, military operations and information warfare. The third DCOAS (strategy) will act as a “single-point-advice” to the Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) on operational issues. Lt General Paramjit Singh, who is currently serving as Director General of Military Operations is expected to be appointed as DCOAS (Strategy). Creation of another new post of Director General of Information Warfare (DGIW) is also on the anvil, which has been created due to the requirements of the future battlefield, hybrid warfare, and social media. Director Generals of Operations (DGMO), Military Intelligence (DGMI), Perspective Planning (DGPP) and Operational Logistics (DGOL) along with the newly created post DG Information Warfare (DGIW) will come under the DCOAS (Strategy). Earlier all these appointments reported separately to the VCOAS.

Deputy Chief of Army Staff Capability Development and Sustenance (DCOAS) (CD&S). The Army HQs has streamlined the procurement process by combining revenue and capital expenditure under a single appointment named as DCOAS (CD&S). The current commander of 4 Corps Lt General Shantanu Dayal is likely to become the first DCOAS (CD&S) when he takes charge in January 2021. The Director General (DG) Weapons and Equipment has been renamed DG Capability Development and the Master General of Ordnance has been renamed as DG Sustenance. Both these along with Army Design Bureau which is in charge of industry interaction and development of futuristic systems, will report to the new deputy chief.