Chiefof Defence Staff in India – Unique to Indian Defence Management Environment

In all likelihood Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in India will have a unique model which will have to fit in with the prevailing higherdefence organisation and command arrangements. In simplistic terms he could bea permanent chairman chiefs of staff committee plus plus, having additionalresponsibilities for coordination and creation of synergy between the services.In terms of direct command CDS would naturally besupervising the ANC (Andaman and Nicobar Command); Defence Cyber and SpaceAgencies (or Commands, as and when they come up) and Special OperationsDivision. Capability building of these will come in natural to the appointment.Strategic Forces Command (SFC) should also be under theCDS who will be a part of the Executive Council. Doctrine, capabilities andsynergy of strategic assets would be required which would come under the CDSwhile the holding could be with the services and the employment with thePolitical Council. CDS will have the larger responsibility of formulation ofnational defence strategy, evolving the Raksha Mantri’s Operational Directivein consensus with the Ministry of Defence and supervising effectiveimplementation of the same from time to time. .........................

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