Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal PV Naik released two Joint operational doctrines, namely Joint Doctrine for Perception Management and Psychological Operations and Joint Doctrine for Air and Land Operations in new Delhi today. The doctrines formulated by the Doctrine Directorate of Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) to create the requisite synergy between the three Services in important military matters, will go a long way towards enhancing Joint Fighting Capabilities of Indian Armed Forces.
The Joint Doctrine for Air-Land Operations would serve as the keystone doctrinal document for employment of military power in a joint operations scenario. It establishes the framework of concepts and principles to understand the approach to planning and conduct of air-land operation in a conventional war scenario. It lays down organizations and procedures that would leverage the available technology towards synergistic application of Air Power.
Military Psychological Operations constitute a planned process of conveying a message to selected target audiences, to promote particular themes that result in desired attitudes and behaviour which affect the achievement of political and military objectives. Given the potential benefit of Psychological Operations as an effective force multiplier, its use in support of military aims and objectives is considerable. The Doctrine also provides guidelines for activities related to perception management in sub conventional operations, specially in an internal environment wherein misguided population may have to be brought into the mainstream.