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Current Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat- India՚s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) . Kargil Review Committee, Report of Task Force on National Security (Naresh Chandra Committee Report) . Committee of Experts on Enhancing Capability and Rebalancing Defence Expenditure (General Shekatkar Committee Report) .

  • A strategy for higher defence management.
  • Head of the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) .
  • Will be a four-star general, as Secretary, DM.
  • Salary and perquisites equivalent to that of a service chief.
  • Principal military adviser to the defence minister on all tri-services matters.
  • A tenured appointment up to the age of 65 years.


  • Permanent chairperson of COSC.
  • Empowered under the Allocation of Business Rules to run his department.
  • Both the defence secretary and the CDS will report to the Raksha Mantri.
  • Member of the Defence Planning Committee.
  • Member of the Defence Acquisition Council.
  • Military adviser to the Nuclear Command Authority.
  • Ensure optimal utilization of infrastructure.
  • Facilitate restructuring of military commands including establishment of joint/theatre commands.
  • Promote indigenization, jointness and integration.
  • Work on out of area contingencies.
  • Preparation of strategy papers and rationalization.
  • Reforming the functioning of the armed forces.
  • Reconcile the viewpoints of all the three services.
  • Responsible for capital acquisitions, defence land, defence accounts, cantonments, border roads, coast guard and a host of other important areas.

Responsible for Handling

  • The Military affairs involving the army
  • The Navy
  • The Air force
  • The Territorial Army
  • Jointness in tri-service pertaining to training, transport, staffing, logistics, communications, repairs and maintenance and even jointness in procurement.

- Published/Last Modified on: March 31, 2020


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