The announcement by prime minister Narendra Modi that the country would have a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is a long due and welcome step. This had been the need of defence forces since long and is in keeping with the requirements of modern warfare.
Most other democracies, including the United States, already have this system for better coordination among various wings of defence forces and for having a single-point link between the elected government and the defence services.
Currently the country has a coordination committee comprising the three chiefs of army, air force and navy. The chairman is the senior most among the three service chiefs. However since these officer are of equal rank, there had been problems in taking decisions. Also the chief of the committee was reporting to the Defence Secretary who would report to the Defence Minister and who, in turn, would report to the prime minister.
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