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Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

 

About Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

Creation: Creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was recommended by the Kargil Review Committee after the end of the Kargil War.

The Naresh Chandra task force (2012) and the Lieutenant General D.B. Shekatkar Committee (2016) had recommended the post of Chief of Defence Staff.

Eligibility:

 

The age limit for the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is 65 years of age. Earlier, only a four-star officer was eligible.

Amendment made:

The government had amended Service Rules of the Army, Navy and Air Force allowing retired Service Chiefs and three star rank officers eligible for the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

The retired officer should not have attained the age of 62 years on the date of appointment.

 

Tenure: The tenure of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) can be extended to a maximum of 65 years
Functions:

 

The CDS would function as the Principal Military Adviser to Defence Minister and Permanent Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC).

He will act as the single-point military advisor to the government and Prime Minister of India.

The CDS will function as the Secretary of Department of Military Affairs (DMA), which was newly created in the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) will be tasked with standardizing weapons procurement procedures and combining operations of the Army, Air Force and Navy.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is a member of:

Chiefs of Staff Committee

National Security Council

Defence Acquisition Council

Defence Planning Committee

Nuclear Command Authority

Defence Cyber Agency

Defence Space Agency

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS): More on the News

  • General Anil Chauhan has previously served as the Eastern Army Commander before his retirement. He also served as Director General of Military Operations.
  • General Chauhan will occupy the position, lying vacant since the tragic demise of Gen. Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash.

 

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS): Challenges for the Incoming CDS

  • Integrated theatre commands: The CDS needs to bring in synchronization in the operations, logistics, transport, training, support services, communications, repairs and maintenance of the three Services.
  • There is a need to build consensus among all three services and take the reorganization process forward.
  • Military indigenization: The Ukraine war has increased urgency on the need to indigenize critical military technologies and systems. There is a need to reduce dependence on imports.
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Responsibilities
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Responsibilities

 

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