What is Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) in India ?

Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) is a proposed position for the combined head of the Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. It is speculated that the Chief of the Defence Staff will also act as the single-point military adviser to the Prime Minister.

In his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the move to appoint a CDS “to make the forces even more effective”.

The announcement of the Institution of CDS by PM Modi has been made keeping in view of the much needed reform to streamline and further improve the coordination among the 3 Forces and their functioning.

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