Print Friendly, PDF & Email

What is the office of Chief of Defence staff (CDS)? Discuss the significance of such a post to the Indian setup.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

1. What is the office of Chief of Defence staff (CDS)? Discuss the significance of such a post to the Indian setup. (250 words)

The Hindu

Why this question:

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved the creation of a chief of defence staff (CDS).

Key demand of the question:

Discuss the significance of the post of CDS and its significance.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Define the post of CDS in general and its significance.

Body:

He will be the single-point military adviser to the government as suggested by the Kargil Review Committee in 1999.

CDS oversees and coordinates the working of the three Services.

Explain what are key features,  its significance.

The charter of the CDS, if implemented properly, will prepare the 15-lakh strong armed forces for the wars of the future. The CDS is mandated to ensure the Army, Navy and IAF, which often pull in different directions, truly integrate to slash wasteful expenditure amidst the ongoing severe fund crunch for military modernization because of the ballooning pay and pension bills.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.