April 18, 2021
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Integrated network
Modern features of armed forces communications

It would be more appropriate while mouthing ‘jointmanship’ to describe the project for connectivity between the three Services- Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force-as being one for the ‘Armed Forces’. Semantically, the Defence Communications Network (DCN) sounds appropriate but is it happening? Perhaps that may at some point result in the desired true jointmanship.

As things stand the Air Force has its own communications network, the Army upto a point, and the Navy now has a dedicated satellite of its own. To be able to achieve the desired result to seamless and total connectivity between the three Services and other security-related establishments, it is now being touted that the creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff is absolutely necessary bringing the nation to have to decide which should come first, the chicken or the egg.

It is generally recognized that for the land forces to be able to achieve true jointmanship between all its ground and air elements the requirement for a Tactical Communication System is an
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