Pune: Flagship Defence Services Technical Staff Course Commences at Military Institute of Technology

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Khadakwasla, 10th June 2024: The prestigious Defence Services Technical Staff Course (DSTSC) for tri-services officers began on June 10, 2024, at the Military Institute of Technology (MILIT) in Pune. This year, the course includes 166 officers from the Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Indian Coast Guard, and five officers from friendly foreign countries. Designed to train mid-career officers, the course aims to develop future techno-warriors and military leaders.

In his inaugural address, MILIT Commandant AVM Vivek Blouria emphasized the importance of jointness and synergy among the services. He highlighted the critical need to understand each service’s unique capabilities for effective warfighting in multi-domain operations. AVM Blouria also stressed the importance of understanding emerging technologies and geopolitical issues that impact India’s military and security landscape. This knowledge will enable officers to make informed decisions and contribute effectively to military strategies, including the integration of niche technologies into service operations.

Throughout the course, officers will engage with various emerging technologies and defence strategies. They will participate in live and simulated drills, seminars, collaborative projects, and visits to forward areas, as well as defence research and development (R&D) and industrial corridors. These activities aim to enhance their understanding of national security strategy, tactical operations, and India’s efforts towards achieving self-reliance in military technologies.

In a pioneering move towards jointness, MILIT has established Joint Divisions, consisting of officers from all three services. These divisions bring together diverse skill sets and perspectives for joint training. This DSTSC is the first to be trained by the newly formed Tri-Services Joint Training Teams, an initiative designed to enhance seamless coordination and integration required for multi-domain operations, thereby fostering a joint culture.

This comprehensive and forward-looking approach ensures that participating officers are well-equipped to navigate the complexities of modern warfare and contribute to India’s national security efforts effectively.