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Chief of Defence: Modi announces new military post, but questions remain

In 1999, the Kargil Review Committee (KRC) recommended creating a Chief of Defence (CDS)–a supreme military commander of the army, navy and air force; who would also serve as the government’s single point of military advice. For the two decades since, successive governments shrank from appointing a CDS, citing the need for a political consensus. In 2001, a Group of Ministers (GoM) endorsed the KRC recommendations, but the only joint command structure that emerged was a relatively toothless Integrated Defence Staff (IDS), headed by a three-star rank officer, junior to the three …

Source: Business Standard