The Agnipath challenge for India’s new Chief of Defence Staff

Source– The post is based on the article “The Agnipath challenge for India’s new Chief of Defence Staff” published in The Indian Express on 6th October 2022.

Syllabus: GS3- Security challenges

Relevance– Reformation of defence services

News- The article explains the challenges related to military affairs before new CDS.

Recently General Anil Chauhan was appointed as second CDS of India

What concerns are raised about his appointment?

He has been chosen over and above the chiefs

He has been appointed as a CDS after a 10-month delay and not as the obvious first choice. There are concerns about the appointment of a retired officer as military chief.

What are the tasks ahead for new CDS?

First major task of national concern is to manage the Agnipath scheme.

Second challenge is related to capacity development. Supply Of arms and ammunition from Russia may get impacted. Defense capacity development under Atma Nirbhar Bharat has not been much successful.

Third challenge is to bring focus on jointness and formation of theatre commands.

Fourth challenge is to develop military credentials needed for the rise of India in global affairs. This task till now is mainly driven by the External Affairs Ministry and PMO.

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