All you should know about Chief of Defence Staff (CDS):

All you should know about Chief of Defence Staff (CDS):

Things you should know about Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi earlier announced the appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) who will be above the three Service Chiefs. What are its implications on India and its Armed Forces. CDS will be country's higher level military reform to bring  tri-service integration

Who is Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

The Chief of Defence Staff is senior most officer of all tri-services and military advisor to the government and to coordinate long-term planning, procurement's, training and logistics of the three services.

The Chief of Defence Staff, being above the three Service Chiefs, has to play  his role by optimizing procurement, avoiding duplication among the services and streamlining the process. Chief of Defence Staff would also act as the military advisor to the Prime Minister on Nuclear issues as India being a nuclear weapon state.

What is the history of Chief of Defence Staff?

The proposal for a Chief of Defence  has been there for two decades, after the Kargil conflict of 1999 to recommend higher military reforms. It was first made by the K. Subrahmanyam committee but due to lack of consensus and apprehensions among services, it never moved forward.
In 2012, the Naresh Chandra committee recommended the appointment of a Permanent Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) as a midway to allay apprehensions over the Chief of Defence Staff.

The Chief of Defence Staff is also one of the 99 recommendations made by the Lt General D.B. Shekatkar (retd) Committee which submitted its report in December 2016 This report had 34 recommendations pertaining to the tri-services.

All you should know about Chief of Defence Staff (CDS):

Gen Bipin Rawat, retired from the post of the Chief of Army Chief on 31 Dec 2019 after a three-year tenure. On 30 Dec 2019, he was appointed India's first Chief of Defence Staff. The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) will have his office in South Block here and shall have the parent service uniform, officials said.

What is a parent service uniform?

The Chief of Defence Staff  will wear specifically designed uniform for the newly-created post. The color of the uniform remains olive green but the shoulder rank badges, belt buckle, peak cap and buttons on the working dress will symbolize all  three services.


The flag on vehicle
The car flag on the Chief of Defence's Staff  vehicle will bear the national flag and also symbolise the three services.

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