Chief of De­fence Staff

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Ac­cord­ing to sources, the re­port ar­gues that the four-star post, whether it is called the Chief of De­fence Staff (CDS) or Per­ma­nent Chair­man Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee (PC-COSC), is es­sen­tial for smooth func­tion­ing of the armed forces in the pre­vail­ing se­cu­rity en­vi­ron­ment but it can­not be based on the US model. Seek­ing more dis­cus­sion on the need for in­te­grated theatre com­mands, the ex­pert com­mit­tee says that while the US is an ex­pe­di­tionary power, In­dia has to fight its wars on its own soil.

In­dia’s armed forces have to de­fend the na­tion and sta­bilise the neigh­bour­hood, and their main pri­or­ity, the re­port ar­gues, is “to de­grade the com­bat en­durance, com­bat ca­pa­bil­ity, com­bat po­ten­tial and com­bat ca­pac­ity” of Pak­istan. The top four-star mil­i­tary chief is en­vis­aged as a co­or­di­na­tor, a “Centre Point” which will not im­pinge on the three ser­vice chiefs in op­er­a­tional and ad­min­is­tra­tive roles. This will have to be done as a part of the com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tion for full in­te­gra­tion of ser­vice head­quar­ters with the MoD.

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