Intelligence Bureau Current Affairs - 2019

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Army Commanders Conference

The October 2019, iteration of the Army Commander Conference was conducted between October 14 and October 18, 2019. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the conference. All important issues such as operational readiness of the field formation, issues related to higher defence management, aspects of organizational restructuring and reforms were debated in the conference

About the conference

The Army Commanders conferred in New Delhi to procure slow moving UAVs. These vehicles are known as loiter munition drones to counter threat from across the border. A loiter munition drone is designed to engage beyond line-of-sight ground targets. They are mainly helpful in providing the infantry the capability to strike when they move carrying out surveillance.

Highlights of the conference

  • The major decision of the army commanders conference was procurement of slow-moving UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). These UAVs are highly helpful in countering threats across border. The decision of the conference came after the IB (Intelligence Bureau) submitted a detailed report on Pakistan drones.
  • It was also decided to frame artificial intelligence-based solutions to carry out surveillance at high altitude border areas.
  • At the conference more than 40 companies showcased their defense equipment

Arvind Kumar appointed as Director of Intelligence Bureau

The Appointment Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved appointment of senior IPS officer Arvind Kumar as Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) for a fixed tenure of two years. He will succeed Rajiv Jain whose tenure comes to an end on 29 June 2019.

About Arvind Kumar

He is 1984-batch IPS officer from Assam-Meghalaya cadre. He has been working with IB since August 1991 and has also served in Indian Embassy in Moscow, Russia.

Prior to this appointment, he served as Special Director in IB and his job involved supervising administrative and personnel desks.

He is considered to be an expert on Kashmir and Naxal issues. He is the second most senior officer in IB after Rajiv Jain.

He is a recipient of President Police Medal for Distinguished Service.

About Intelligence Bureau (IB)

It is India’s internal intelligence agency. It functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

It was established in 1887 by British India Government and later recasted as the Central Intelligence Bureau in 1947.

It is headquartered in New Delhi.