General Bipin Rawat India's First-Ever Chief of Defence Staff.

General Bipin Rawat India's First-Ever Chief of Defence Staff.

The government of India finally decides to make General Bipin Rawat as first-ever defence staff chief (CDS) or Tri-Service Chief. The news came out just a few hours before he completed his Three-year tenure as India's Army Chief on 31st December 2019.

The Government said General Bipin Rawat who shall turn 62 in March 2020 will be the new CDS." with effect from Tuesday until further orders and extension in service", however they did not specify how long his term would be. A CDS can serve his terms till the age of 65 and the chief of the other three services can serve till the age of 62 of three years whichever falls earlier according to the latest amended military rules. 

General Rawat would be India's fourth four-star general fits the bill as new CDS after IAF, Navy and Army chief A said a source from the government," he can push the boundaries to drive desperately- needed integration among the three Services."

" He was not a status-quoits as the Army Chief. He pushed issues ranging from slashing non-operational flab to the proposed setting up of integrated battle groups for greater combat capabilities. As the CDS,

permanent chairman of the chief of staff committee and head of new department of military affairs (DMA) in the defense ministry, he will need to push the three services even more to truly integrate into planning,

procurements, logistics, doctrine and training to begin with."

Superseded two Lt.Gen and by the two Appointment by the NDA government Gen.Rawant will now have to work towards establishing tri-Service command for handling critical new warfare domains of space and cyberspace as well as the theater commands." The government in fact wants the first new theater command to come up in four to five years," a source said. 

" The carter of the CDS as approved by the Union The cabinet on December 24, is quite vast. If implemented properly it can lead to genuine integration and synergy among the three Services, who often have bitter turf wars and fights for a bigger share of a limited budget. There will, of course, be teething problems and institutional/bureaucratic resistance."  said another senior official.

Based on the anticipated budget even though the CDS will  inter-Service prioritization of arms procurement and bring reforms increasing the combat capabilities but the actual purse strings and capital acquisitions will be controlled by the defense secretary.     

The CDS will act as a single-point military advisor to the government, as well as work as a military advisor to the PM, led nuclear Command authority. The three service chief shall have full operational control over their respective forces the CDS will be the " first among equals " in the hierarchy.

The CDS will act the prime driver of India to have theater command placing the three services Navy, Army and the IAF assents and manpower under one operational command for each geographical region in order to build an integrated land-air-sea war integrated machinery gearing for future warfare. Considering the already cash crunched military budget for modernization  and already pilling up pay and pension bills such as decisions will prove cost-effective.

At present India has 17 single - Service command ( IAF- 7, Army 7 and Navy 3) with each force unwilling to give its fiefdoms.  The Army, IAF and Navy have their respective eastern commands based at Kolkata, Shillong, and Vishakapatnam. Till now India's only theater command is located at Andaman and Nicobar. With the other tri-Service one being the Strategic Force for handling nuclear arsenal.

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