Topic: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.
4. A year on since the landmark inception of Chief of Defence Staff, a deep and candid introspection is warranted for it to have a tangible impact on military reforms. Analyse. (250 words)
Reference: Business Standard
Why the question:
It is been one year since the creation of the post of Chief of Defense Staff..
Key Demand of the question:
analyses the performance of Chief of Defence Staff and suggest ways to improve it further.
Analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.
Structure of the answer:
Start by giving context and appointment of General Bipin Rawat as the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
Mention the aims and objectives behind the creation of Chief of Defence Staff. Promoting jointness in procurement, training and staffing for the Services; facilitation of restructuring of Military Commands, establishment of joint/theatre commands; and promoting use of indigenous equipment by the Services.
Analyse the performance of the CDS in achieving the above. Relative indifference and the lack of awareness, Chinese intrusion across the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, slow restructuring of single-service military commands and controversial Tour Duty etc.
Conclude with a way forward for effective and optimal utilization of the post of CDS in achieving its desired objectives.