what is Integrated Theatre Command?

An integrated theatre command envisages a unified command of the three Services, under a single commander, for geographical areas that are of strategic and security concern.

The commander of such a force will be able to bear all resources at his disposal — from the Army, the Indian Air Force, and the Navy — with seamless efficacy.

The integrated theatre commander will not be answerable to individual Services.

Integration and jointness of the three forces will avoid duplication of resources. The resources available under each service will be available to other services too.

The Shekatkar committee has recommended the creation of 3 integrated theatre commands — northern for the China border, western for the Pakistan border, and southern for the maritime role.

Why in News?

A high-level committee consisting of representatives from the services and the Ministries concerned has been formed for wider consultations on the creation of integrated triservice theatre commands.