Shubhi jaiswar
B.A.LL.B. 1st year
[Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University]
Pandit Purnand Tiwari law College Haridwar.

Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) is the professional service chief, head of the Indian Armed Forces and the senior-most uniformed military adviser to the Government of India. The position was first officially suggested in 1999 following the Kargil War through the recommendations of the Kargil Review Committee.
Our country has got the first G of Defense Staff. He took charge of the first CDS with the termination of the term of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on 31 December. The post of CDS is very important and is very important in the defense system of our country. By the way, this is not the first time the CDS position is being started in India. Earlier in 1999, the Subrahmanyam committee was recommended to mobilize in India only after the Kargil war. But it could not proceed due to political disagreement. Due to the lack of some
coordination between the armies in Kargil Jung, it was started to be recommended so that during any war the right coordination between the three forces of India under the
leadership of CDS, Air Force and Navy could be done and single point during the war. Can be ordered Now the same order will be issued by the CDS chief. By the way, there are CDS- like systems in many countries of the world including America, China, Britain and Japan.

Now the name of India has also been included in it. In this, the firepower of our country’s defense and security system will become more effective. This important leadership will play an important role in ending any war and terrorism and is a commendable step.



The CDS is a four-star officer selected from among the serving officers of the Indian Armed Forces. While being “first among equals” among the service chiefs, the CDS would be a single-point military advisor the CDS would not hold any military command. The holder of the post would also be the head of all tri-service command structures, assisted by a deputy, the Vice Chief of the Defense Staff to replace the post of Chief of Integrated Defense Staff. the CDS would head a newly-created Department of Military Affairs (DMA), under the Ministry of Defense and will function as its Secretary. Apart from heading the DMA, the CDS will also be the Permanent Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (PC- CoSC). he will also be the Principal Adviser to the Minister of Defense.

As the Permanent Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee, CDS will perform the following functions:
The Chief of Defense Staff is described by officers as the “first among equals” among service chiefs.

The CDS will be tasked with trimming weapons procurement procedures and integrating operations of the Indian armed forces- Army, Air Force and Navy.

Apart from being the military advisor for the government, the CDS will also head the Department of Military Affairs.
The CDS will have the authority to direct the service chiefs of the Army, Navy and Air Force and will also have the authority to create theater commands as and when needed.

Command tri-service agencies / organizations / commands including those related to cyber and space.
CDS will be member of Defense Acquisition Council chaired by the Minister of Defense and Defense Planning Committee chaired by the National Security Advisor.
Function as the Military Advisor to the Nuclear Command Authority.
Bring about jointness and ensure optimal utilization of infrastructure in the three services.

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Implement Five-Year Defense Capital Acquisition Plan (DCAP), and Two-Year Roll-on Annual Acquisition Plans (AAP), as a follow up of Integrated Capability Development Plan (ICDP).
bring about reforms in the functioning of three services aimed at augmenting combat capabilities of the armed forces by reducing wasteful carefully.
Assign inter-services prioritisation to capital acquisition proposals.
The CDS’s salary and perquisites will be the same as the Service Chiefs. the CDS will come under the Right to Information Act.

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