Published On: Thu, Aug 15th, 2019

Time to create chief of defence staff for integrated operations of army: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a new post named chief of defence staff (CDS) is to be created to integrate operations of Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force to provide a single point of reference for the government on national security.

The CDS rank will be above the chiefs of all the three forces and it is being speculated the current army chief Bipin Rawat could fit the post.

The armed forces are pride of India and with changing times in relation to the emerging security threats there is a need of a rank above the chief of all the three, said Modi addressing to the nation on the 73rd Independence Day at Red Forte in New Delhi.

In his 90-minute speech the prime minister said, “Reform is also necessary. Defence reform has been in the works for a long time now and reports have been tabled several times. The rules of war are changing and India can’t think in a bubble. Our forces need to move together and can’t be falling behind. Coordination should be in tandem with the other. I have decided that Chief of Defence Staff will be created. And all three forces will have one chief and this will help unite the forces.”

Time to create chief of defence staff for integrated operations of army: Modi

The signal for the creation of CDS was clearn on July 26 when Modi said at an event to mark twenty years of the Kargil war that there’s a need for better synergy and cooperation among the forces.

Later, defence minister Rajnath Singh too talked about the same requirement in the three Indian forces for better cooperation and collective information for the government.

The proposal to create a CDS rank was first make in the wake of Kargil War against Pakistan in 1999. The implementation was left pending.

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