India’s war plans lack synergy without a CDS

THE creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was among the major recommendations of the Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by then Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani that analysed the report of the Kargil Review Committee.

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by then Prime Minister Vajpayee accepted the recommendation of the GoM to appoint a CDS but held its implementation in abeyance. Till today, successive governments have not been able to appoint a CDS.

Three reasons are generally cited for this incomprehensible omission. Firstly, political consensus on the establishment of the post of CDS was lacking. Secondly, the civilian bureaucracy has never been in favour of the concept of CDS.

And, thirdly, there has been some opposition even within certain sections of the armed forces to the idea.  Read More

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