“Ours has to be ‘mission command’- oriented assignment, and I am always prepared to perform my part and I expect the same from you, but ensure you do your part within the parameters of your responsibilities. I am not going to do your job and I trust you. I will only be steering the organization. You would have come here onboard different ships, but we all are now in the same boat. I will steer it as the Army wants. If we fail to sail together, we are bound to fall,” he cautioned.“When it comes to malpractices, misuses and wrongdoing, I maintain, justice should equally be meted out to the rank of a ‘General’ down to a ‘Private’. Discipline is the strength of our organization, and I need that be kept in mind all the time by everyone. Training was one of the best welfare for me and that should be the case with any soldier in a capacity-based Army. We are on our way to establish a National Defence University for ourselves, intending to produce more learned Officers. Similarly, qualitative standards of the Senior Command, Officer Cadet, down to the Recruit training level would be raised with introduction of new modules,” he quipped.Talking about the structural reforms that may be introduced to the Army, the new Commander remarked that the proposed move is not to ‘downsize’ the Army, but to ‘rightsize’ the Army to get the best results. “We have our own expertise within the organization for such forthcoming reforms since we had the skills to make war-winning strategies, tactics, small group operations, etc and apply them by ourselves. Such moves are always open to negotiations and discussions. Having fought a bitter war for so many years and admired as the world’s best Army, we ourselves are able to manage things and no outside assistance is needed for that. Such structural changes for the organization would be introduced for the betterment of the Army administration and other logistics. I am always prepared to take up any challenge in my life,” the Commander opined. The newly-appointed Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake called upon the Army to assist him to transform the Army to be a ‘capacity’ based organization rather than a ‘threat’ based one, by raising the professional standards of the soldier in every sphere.“Everyone can be an Officer but cannot be a gentleman of required quality. Gentlemanliness is therefore much more admired and your example is more significant rather than your perception. I always welcome constructive and fair criticism with positive attitudes and like to be a ‘patient listener’ all the time. In this new era, we must be able to take challenges and reach our targets with dedication and commitment,” Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said. “Late General Denis Perera, being my first Commander and all past Commanders, including my immediate predecessor, General Crisanthe De Silva, deserve my praise and gratitude because it was their dedication which enabled me to stand here, today as the 22nd Commander. I also owe a deep gratitude to the people who prayed and cried for me,” he movingly remarked. In his view, the Commander said that 1/3 of the Army should always have Combat Readiness, another 1/3 for nation-building and the remaining 1/3 for administration of the Army and it is high time for us to re-build and promote the image of the organization. I would also suggest the appointment of a special committee for preparation of image-building measures. I also feel that soldiers must get priority over Officers because Officers could always manage easily. Remember that we are going to fight a Corporals’ War in future and not that of the Generals, the Commander added.He also requested Colonels of Regiments to inculcate their treasured values to respective Regiments and arrange programmes, accordingly. (Colombo Gazette) “Without compromising the national security concerns, we need to change our attitudes and mentality since the war is over now and we are now in post-conflict era. Before somebody directs us to do changes, we have to produce our own suggestions and take necessary action. I need to use two different criteria for the Officers and Other Ranks who served the Army before the year 2009 and afterwards. It’s a fair way to care for them,” the Commander commented. “Competition has to be there in the Army too, like in any other organization, the second oldest profession in the world. This is the truth, but it should be a fair, decent and a gentlemanly competition, through which anyone can reach the apex of office as the Commander,” the Commander noted.Speaking out his mind about how the future would hold for the organization, the Commander underlined the importance of transforming the Army to be a ‘capacity’ based one instead of a ‘threat’ based one as full-fledged professionals in disaster management, nation-building, reconciliation and all other spheres of national responsibility and concern, certainly with the military prowess to fight against a conventional or an unconventional urban fighting, insurgency, etc. “A soldier must be able to adjust to face any challenge of uncertainty and eventuality under any circumstances. You need to focus on the area of his interest, area of influence and area of responsibility, if we are to groom him as a skillful one,” the Commander pointed out. Thanking the President, Prime Minister and the former Defence Secretary for keeping full confidence in him, the Commander, paid a glowing tribute to all 21 of his predecessors who elevated the organization to the dizzy heights of invaluable service, in which he has been serving for more than 36 years.
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THIS WEEK BRINGS an end to a public consultation process which few of us may have noticed. At the end of November, An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore announced a review of Ireland’s foreign policy, and invited members of the public to have their say on what our foreign policy priorities and goals should be. Unfortunately, the discussion about “how we can continue to serve the interests of the Irish people through active international engagement” seemed to go pretty quiet.Yet, this is still an important discussion, and one that shouldn’t necessarily end with the consultation process. As the Tánaiste has pointed out, “our foreign policy is a statement of who we are as a people. It is the means by which we promote our values and pursue our interests abroad. Through it, we pursue economic prosperity and promote peace and security in Ireland and the wider world.” If that is so, it is indeed good to take a moment to pause for thought, and ask our citizens to reflect on exactly what those values, interests and prospects for prosperity really are.What are our core values?For in recent years, we have appeared less sure of what our core values are. We now know that the Celtic Tiger model of society is not a very attractive option, but are we ready to embrace any of the alternatives? We have come to realise that our prosperity is irrevocably linked to the ups – and downs – of the welfare of the rest of the world but we seem to feel unable to take the steps needed to safeguard our common future. We understand the impact of global forces, but may have lost the confidence in our ability to shape those forces. And without such confidence and clarity of direction, we may not feel very well equipped to “promote our values and pursue our interests abroad”.In an increasingly inter-linked world, the biggest threats we face as a nation are quite different from those we based our foreign policies on the last time around. The last time the Government set out a foreign policy was in 1996. Climate change, cyber terrorism and Shannon stop-overs had a very different meaning in those days. As did another main challenge of the 21st century: inequality.A report published by Oxfam in January showed almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population, and that we now live in a world where the 85 richest people own the same wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people.Even the annual meeting of the world’s rich and famous in Davos decided that this enormous – and growing – inequality is a problem. The fact that in far too many countries the benefits of growth are being enjoyed by far too few people is not, according to the head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, “a recipe for stability and sustainability”. The American economist and Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz has also blogged that “inequality leads to lower growth and less efficiency”.Where do we stand on neutrality and aid?Irish foreign policy has long been framed by our concept of “neutrality”, but as a nation we have shown many times that we don’t want to be “neutral” when it comes to human suffering. Is it time for us to declare that we are not willing to be neutral in the other major fights of our times, too? Do we want to explicitly take sides in the battle against inequality, human rights violations and climate chaos?Our aid programme has also long been a central part of Ireland’s foreign policy, and there is a public expectation that Ireland will do ‘the right thing’ on the global stage. Our focus on human rights, development cooperation, peace-keeping and conflict resolution has served us well and has been an invaluable source of influence and what political scientists like to call ‘soft power’. As a country not suspected of ulterior motives – whether commercial or colonial – we have been able to play a role not normally reserved for countries our size.Though time is fast running out to make a submission, the foreign policy consultation process offers a chance for us, as a nation, to use the process as an invitation to look at how we can use our influence on the global stage positively. We can confirm that we believe our own future is interwoven with the future and prosperity of everyone else on this planet, and that we do not want the needs of the few to outweigh the rights of the many. It is an opportunity to re-affirm that we do not want our economic agenda to come at the expense of our planet, our fellow humans or of future generations. Finally, it is an opportunity to continue this discussion after tomorrow’s deadline has passed.You can access information on the Public Consultation on the Review of Ireland’s Foreign Policy at dfa.ie. The deadline for submission is tomorrow, Tuesday the 4 February 2014, and submissions can be made via email.Hans Zomer is the Director of Dóchas, The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations.Column: Ireland is reviewing its foreign policy – but it’s asking the wrong questionsRead: World’s wealthiest 85 people own same amount as half the global population