What are the Functions of Indian Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

What are the Functions of Indian Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

What are the Functions of Indian Chief of Defence Staff (CDS): In this article we will cover key responsibilities of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). CDS is the professional service chief, head of the Indian Armed Forces. He is the senior-most uniformed military adviser to the Government of India. He is ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India and the head of Department of Military Affairs under the Ministry of Defence.

CDS position was first officially suggested in 1999 following the Kargil War through the recommendations of the Kargil Review Committee. Although a long-talked-about position in India. The official call was made public by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech on 15 August 2019 at Red Fort, New Delhi. On 24 December 2019, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) formally announced the creation of the position, a four-star general, a tri-service chief, that shall lead the defence forces

The duties and functions of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) include the following:



  • To head the Department of Military Affairs in Ministry of Defence and function as its Secretary.

  • To act as the Principal Military Advisor to Hon’ble Raksha Mantri on all Tri-Service matters.

  • To function as the Permanent Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee

  • To administer the Tri-Service organizations/agencies/commands.

  • To be a member of Defence Acquisition Council chaired by Hon’ble Raksha Mantri.

  • To function as the Military Advisor to the Nuclear Command Authority.

  • To bring about jointness in operation, logistics, transport, training, support services, communications, repairs and maintenance, etc of the three Services.

  • To ensure optimal utilisation of infrastructure and rationalise it through jointness among the Services.

  • To implement Five-Year Defence Capital Acquisition Plan and Two-Year roll-on Annual Acquisition Plans, as a follow up of Integrated Capability Development Plan.

  • To assign inter-services prioritisation to capital acquisition proposals based on the anticipated budget.

  • To bring about reforms in the functioning of three Services with the aim to augment combat capabilities of the Armed Forces by reducing wasteful expenditure.

  • The mandate of the Department of Military Affairs inter-alia includes “Facilitation of restructuring of Military Commands for optimal utilisation of resources by bringing about jointness in operations, including through establishment of joint/theatre commands”.
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