Defence Ministry appoints panel to select defence attaches for foreign countries

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 07, 2019 16:47 hrs

New Seeking to streamline the appointment of defence attaches in foreign countries, the Defence Ministry has formed a panel under a senior military officer to select the candidates for postings abroad.“A panel has been formed under the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff for selection of officers for foreign postings. The panel will include an additional secretary of the Defence Ministry and a member of the respective service has to be selected for any particular country,” ministry sources said. The three services send their officers as defence attaches to various countries where they are supposed to enhance the defence ties with the country where they are posted. The appointment of the panel has been done by the government in line with a recommendation made by a committee headed by former deputy national security advisor Arvind Gupta on defence diplomacy. India has been trying to strengthen its ties with the foreign countries and views military hardware cooperation as one of the key points in that direction.The government wants that its officers deployed in foreign countries should also look at ways of strengthening India’s military ties with them by also including exports of weapon systems and platforms from India and develop the country’s image as a military exporter too. (ANI)

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