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08th October 2020 20:13:00 Hours

First Draft of Army's 'Way Forward Strategy' Presented to Former Commanders Seeking Their Views

The largest disciplined human resource in the country, the Sri Lanka Army, well conceived of multiple and complex global threat landscape and the imperative need for adaptation to dramatic transformation to be in constant touch with ever-changing battlefield scenarios in recent years has now drafted the 'Sri Lanka Army Way Forward Strategy for 2020-2025' as per guidelines given by Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army.

Thursday (8) morning at the Commander's office saw an assembly of former Commanders of the Army, General (Retd) Srilal Weerasooriya, General (Retd) Shantha Kottegoda, General (Retd) Jagath Jayasooriya and General (Retd) Daya Rathnayake gathered together to evaluate the newly-formulated way forward strategy for Sri Lanka Army 2020-2025 in the context of the Army Structure, Officers' Career Progression, Army Organization and Volunteer Force, attaching special focus on modernization in the defence spectrum.

Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva chaired the discussion and underlined the significance of their contribution to the growth of the organization as veterans who effectively commanded the organization during different critical stages of the humanitarian operations, the peak of terrorism and international developments, etc and sought their expert perspectives for the successful compilation of the future strategy.

The host of the forum in his opening remarks stressed the importance of devising strategies, associated with core values and assessment of real target objectives in the wake of constantly changing global warfare environment and modernizing of Army strategies.

On the same occasion, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva presented the first draft of the proposed 'Way Forward Strategy for Sri Lanka Army 2020-2025' to those former Commanders, seeking their evaluation, perspectives and views. He also appreciated their presence and wanted their continued guidance for the progression of the organization.

A selective group of Senior officers of the Army Headquarters, including Major General Jagath Gunawardana, Chief of Staff, Major General Nishantha Herath, Director General Training and Major General Prabhath Dematanpitiya Commandant, DSCSC and Dr Udaya Indrarathna, Strategist and Executive Coach for CEOs and aspiring CEOs took part in the sessions.