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Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin - Chief of Defence Staff. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE.

CDS canvasses modernization, joint service collaboration for armed forces

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin has maintained that the current trend in modern warfare has necessitated the need for joint operations training and planning among members of the Armed Forces. 

The CDS made this assertion at the opening ceremony of the Advance Joint Operations Planning Course at Defence Intelligence Agency Training School, Karu, Abuja on Monday.

General Olonisakin pointed out that the Armed Forces of Nigeria had been involved in a number of joint operations in various parts of the country which had recorded some level of successes in the past few years.

Notwithstanding,  he noted that the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) reviewed some past and ongoing operations and identified some gaps in the planning and execution of such operations that call for reappraisal to make them success-driven.

The CDS stated that the course would not only enhance the understanding of participants in all the processes required for a successful mission planning and execution of joint operations but would sharpen the skill required for vertical and horizontal integration of plans during the execution of joint operations.

The Defence Chief, who was represented by the Chief of Administration at the Defence Headquarters, Rear Admiral Adebowale Dacosta, used the occasion to thank the sponsor, the British Military and Advisory Team (BMATT) for the training cooperation between Nigeria and Britain.

He urged the BMATT not to relent in its noble efforts at impacting the requisite knowledge on the participants who were drawn from the 3 arms of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

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