New Delhi: The Indian armed forces may be headed for a more streamlined system of reporting and decision making with the possible appointment of a chief of defence staff (CDS).
Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Tuesday morning approved the creation of post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), news agency PTI reported.
The CDS, first proposed after the 1999 Kargil war, will function as the sole point of reference for the defence minister in matters of warfare and nuclear issues.
The CDS will report to the Union defence minister on matters of warfare and defence strategy for all three forces, taking stock of available nuclear technology and its financing in the prevailing geopolitical climate.
In 2017, India’s intelligence and security officials flagged the absence of a chief of defence staff (CDS) as a factor that was hampering India’s combat capabilities. With a proxy war ongoing with Pakistan on India’s western front and a recent stand-off with China at Doklam on the East, security officials based in Kashmir said a single chain of command was imperative to strengthen India’s collective defence might.