The Prime Minister has announced the establishment of the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) for the three services – the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force. The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is a post that will act as the single-point advisor to the Government of India. It will synergize long term planning, procurement, training and logistics of the three Services, and ensure better coordination between them. The creation of a CDS to act as a single point military adviser to the Prime Minister on strategic issues was one of the key recommendations of the Kargil review committee on higher military reforms after the 1999 conflict. Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is a post that will act as the single-point advisor to the Government of India. The Chief of Defence Forces will also be the head of the three services and will be a five-star military officer. CDS may offer advice on long-term defence planning and management; including manpower, equipment & strategy and above all, “joint manship” in operations
Why we require CDS:-
Most countries with advanced militaries have such a post, albeit with varying degrees of power and authority.
Where the idea came from:-
It was first recommended after the 1999 Kargil War.