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2) Appointment of a chief of defence staff (CDS), would constitute the most significant defence policy reform in decades for India. Comment.(250 words)

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2) Appointment of a chief of defence staff (CDS), would constitute the most significant defence policy reform in decades for India. Comment.(250 words)

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Why this question:

 In his Independence Day address, Prime Minister announced the creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff.

Key demand of the question:

Answer must evaluate the significance of such an appointment and in what way it can bring significant change in the Defence wings of the country.

Directive:

Commenthere we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Define who is a CDS – The CDS is a high military office that oversees and coordinates the working of the three Services.

Body:

Discuss about the CDS, roles and functions of such an office – CDS shall provide “effective leadership at the top level” to the three wings of the armed forces, and to help improve coordination among them.

It offers seamless tri-service views and single-point advice to the Executive (in India’s case, to the Prime Minister) on long-term defence planning and management, including manpower, equipment and strategy, and above all, “jointsmanship” in operations.

Explain in depth the case of having a CDS for the country.

Conclusion:

Conclude with significance.