Chief of Defence Staff

Role of Chief of Defence Staff:

  • The announcement of the name of India's Chief of Defence Staff was made months after PM Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, promised that his government would establish the top military post.
  • The Chief of Defence Staff is described by officials 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 Army, Navy and Air Force and will also have the authority to create theatre commands as and when needed.
  • A CDS would be a four-star general belonging to any of the three sectors of the Indian armed forces.
  • The salary will be equal to that of a service chief.
  • The MoD has amended rules to allow the Chief of Defence Staff to serve up to a maximum age limit of 65 years.
  • The changes have been made in the services rules of the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force for extension of retirement age of the Chief of Defence Staff to a maximum of 65 years if a service chief is appointed to the post.