Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced the creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff, in one of the biggest military reforms in decades that seeks to ensure coordination among the army, air force and navy on modernisation and synergise efforts in joint operations, training and intelligence.
This is India’s most significant defence reform in 72 years. Terming it a historic decision, Lt General DB Shekatkar said that it was the most important recommendation made by a committee he headed in 2016. The CDS will be a four-star officer who will be the government’s single-point military advisor.
The post of CDS was first recommended by a Group of Ministers (GoM) set up to examine the findings of the Kargil Review Committee (KRC) in 2000.It was right after the 1999 Kargil War that a high-level committee headed by K Subrahmanyam, international strategic affairs expert, set up to examine the gaps in the country’s security system in the wake of the conflict, had recommended that the three services should have a Chief of Defence Staff.