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Army's new instructions, coming into effect from Monday, call for conduct of all meetings via phone calls or video conferences.
CDS Rawat-led Department of Military Affairs is trying to fix measures for habitat and infrastructure projects of the armed forces. But its measures signal far-reaching reforms.
CDS Rawat must articulate a management structure in the DMA that is internally consistent and logical. Otherwise, the military risks being neither here nor there.
The dual advisory role given to CDS Bipin Rawat and the three chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force will likely create confusion.
The Narendra Modi government formally announced the creation of the post of the Chief of Defence Staff as well as a Department of Military Affairs.
Without the DMA, it would have been a challenge for the Chief of Defence Staff to fulfil role. With it, the CDS can be the prime mover in Indian military.
The new Chief of Defence Staff will be a secretary in the Ministry of Defence, just like the secretaries of defence procurement and ex-servicemen welfare.