Do the armed forces need a Chief of Defense Staff?

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  1. Aditya Mookerjee

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    I believe, perhaps the Chiefs of the Army, Navy, and the Air Force need not interact in times of external security considerations. Consider a scenario, where a two front war is being fought. The air force, navy and army commanders of, the two fronts, perhaps the Western Command and Eastern Command, should interact and cooperate with their fellow commanders in the respective fronts. One defense chief of a front, should not make decisions for the other defense chiefs of the same front. There should be consensus in military operations, and most importantly, integration. The chiefs of the various defense fronts, must work for a holistic military solution, rather than individual force considerations. For example, if a certain army unit type is not in the scenario of hostilities, the air force can act, and the navy, keeping this in consideration.
    The army, navy and air force national chiefs are important, in such a system. The front commanders report in detail to their chiefs. The chiefs regard the reports closely. If required, their office works closely with the front commanders, but not the chiefs, directly. The office of the national chiefs, and the front commanders are responsible to the national chief, who does not take personal initiative in operations. He is the person who takes responsibility for his service arm's result of operations. He then briefs the civilian authority in the government, concerned.
    Is my suggestion feasible? I will add to this post, later.
     
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    No matter how formidable our forces, if we are unable to bring our capabilities to bear in any of these domains, we may not be able to complete the mission or meet our nation’s needs, The adversaries know this as well.

    Therefore, no matter what one call such an office and its Head, the fact that coordinated effort will maximise success is axiomatic.
     
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    A "Chief of Defence Staff" position already somewhat exists in the Indian military; it is called the "Chief of Integrated Services Command". It largely deals with the Joint Command of the Army, Navy and Coast Guard in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Although, this needs to be expanded and practiced throughout the entire military, and a joint operating rhythm needs to be practiced more often.
     
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    CDS deals with nothing of import.

    It is cosmetic.
     
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    Here are some interesting feedback.

     
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    Here is something we could mull about

     
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    Ali Ahmed speaks:

     
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    The great Indian debate, all over again.
     

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