Related Topic in KAS Prelims Syllabus:
Science and Technology [Paper-II]: Technology in Space and Defence
Why in News?
Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the rules of business for the newly created Department of Military Affairs (DMA).
News in Detail
- Defence ministry has shifted administrative and revenue procurement matters of the armed services to the newly created Military Affairs Department led by Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, but any important matter related to defence policy will be dealt by the defence secretary.
- The secretariat of the high powered Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which looks after large capital procurements, will be moved to the Department of Defence (DoD), in a change from the past when it functioned under the tri-services headquarters.
- The fresh allocation has broadly shifted most of the work earlier being done by the Joint Secretaries for Army, Air Force and Navy to the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), which includes promotions and appointments of senior officers.
- DMA will operate with two joint secretary level officers, 13 directors and 25 under secretaries who were earlier posted to DoD.
- Among the major works shifted to DMA are all matters related to counter insurgency operations, the size, shape and composition of the Army, deployment of forces on the border, supply of arms and ammunition to neighbouring nations, aid to civil authorities, and promotion matters.
- On procurement side, cases involving revenue budget have been shifted to DMA while larger capital procurements remain vested with DoD.