India obtains the first Chief of Defense Staff after two decades of deliberations

NEW DELHI: On Wednesday, General Bipin Rawat took over as the first in the country in what is considered a decisive moment for Indian military planning to achieve convergence between the three services to effectively face future security challenges.

As a CDS, Gen Rawat will be the main military advisor to the defense minister in everything, in addition to directing the newly created Department of (DMA).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi In a series of tweets, he described the creation of the DMA and the institutionalization of the CDS post as a transcendental and comprehensive reform that will help the country to face the ever-changing challenges of modern warfare.

The Kargil Review Committee strongly recommended the creation of the CDS as a single-point military advisor to the government in 1999.

This institution has a tremendous responsibility to modernize our military forces. It would also reflect the hopes and aspirations of 1.3 billion Indians, Modi said.

The CDS will have a key role in ensuring the optimal use of the allocated budget, giving way to greater synergy in the acquisition, training and operations of the services through joint planning and integration.

The other important mandate of the CDS is to facilitate the indigenization of weapons and equipment to the greatest extent possible while formulating the general defense acquisition plan for the three Services.

The CDS is mandated to facilitate integration, ensure the best economic use of the resources allocated to the armed forces and provide uniformity in the procurement procedure. I want to assure you that the Army, Navy and Air Force will work as a team and the CDS will ensure integration between them, said Gen Rawat.

I was talking to the media after witnessing an honor guard of three services outside the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense.

The Chief of the Naval General Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, the Chief of the General Staff of the Air, Marshal R K S Bhadauria and the Chief of the General Staff of the Gen Army were present at the occasion.

General Rawat also deposited a crown and paid tribute to the martyrs in the National War Memorial.

The former head of the general army (retired) VP Malik described the institutionalization of the CDS as a long-awaited measure to optimize the fighting power of the armed forces of India, adding that it will generate greater union, synergy and better relations between civilians and military

Gen Rawat was appointed to office on Monday, one day before retiring after a three-year term as Chief of Army.

A former student of the San Eduardo School, Shimla, and the National Defense Academy, Khadakwasla, Gen Rawat was commissioned at the 11th Gorkha Rifles in December 1978.

He has vast experience in operations in a wide range of conflicts and terrain profiles.

He sent an infantry battalion along the royal control line in the eastern sector, an infantry division in the Kashmir valley and a body in the northeast.

He had also led a multinational brigade in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC).

Gen Rawat graduated from the courses of the College of Defense Services Personnel, Wellington, the courses of the Superior Command and the National Defense College, and attended the Command and General Staff Course in Fort Leavenworth, USA. UU.

During the span of more than 41 years in the Army, General Rawat has been awarded several awards and distinguished service awards.