Jointness in warfighting has always been important. Of late, due to the revamping of India’s higher defence structure with the first Chief of Defence Staff being appointed, jointness has become a trending buzzword. In this Cover Story, the Editor has emphasised that jointness has to permeate to many establishments within the Armed Forces, and that a ’jointness roadmap’ should be drawn up after suitable deliberation.
Jointness in Operations gained importance during the Second World War, when synergistic employment of resources of the three Services became a battle winning factor. Taking a cue from this understanding, National Defence Academy (NDA) was established in India as a tri – service institution. The team spirit and bonds developed during the three year rigours at NDA, Pune last a lifetime. Very often, officers have resolved local issues and coordinated in urgent situations based on the old NDA bonds.