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Who will be India’s next chief of defense staff? The guessing game has begun!


The Indian government has kept its cards close and has yet to reveal the name of the next CDS, General MM Naravane, PVSM AVSM SM VSM ADC, who is due to complete his term on April 30, 2022. Since the untimely death of the former CDS, General Bipin Rawat, the post is vacant.

The current retiring leader’s combat indicators are missing, as he would have visited many formations/units on his farewell trips in the usual order of things.

The word on the street is that the government has chosen not to break the chain of succession and will most likely identify the CDS on April 30, or before General MM Naravane takes over as the second CDS. Because he would be superior to the three military leaders, the option makes sense.

What are the challenges that the CDS will have to face?

India is poised on a knife’s edge on the international stage as a power battle rages on. The Russian invasion of Ukraine succeeded in diverting the PLA’s attention from the CCP/aspirations to expand their dominance in the South China Sea, Sea of ​​Japan and Indian Ocean. Its signing of a peace deal with the Solomon Islands is a sham as it continues to expand its global reach.

The Ukrainian battlefield acts as a modern test bed for all military equipment to be tested, tried out and evaluated for their performance standards, with all targets provided by the Russian military.

Many parlor strategists have started working on the lessons learned from that fight, which was sparked by British Prime Minister David Cameron’s prediction that Russia might ultimately win the war in Ukraine.

Only time will tell if the US/NATO information war has contributed to the development of a global perception of Russians; only time will tell how the scale measures victory/failure.

The CDS will have to get down to a major job, and it will have to start immediately because the Indian forces will need both hardware and software. Equipment obsolescence should be a top priority, as should the integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning to reduce reliance on human resources.

The recent conflicts in Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as the conflict in Ukraine, are not perfect examples of a conventional conflict, but rather a skirmish of muscular strength, without the conventional wisdom of having conducted an analysis on the ground.

The use of troops, as seen on news channels and social media, indicates that no battle procedures/exercises were followed. Logistical assistance seems to have been neglected and the piecemeal use of land tenure systems has exposed their flaws.

Armor is relevant in the Indian setting for any offensive operation or restoration of a bad situation in a defensive struggle. All platforms will continue to target the Tank as an offensive weapon to eliminate the opponent’s offensive potential.

Tanks in use today did not have precision attack protection from above or under-hull protection in their design criteria. ERA plinths and panels were used to defend the frontal plane and the width of the tank. Active protection technologies exist, but they have failed in the fight between guns and butter.

Tanks, ICVs, artillery guns, helicopters, planes, ships, submarines and infantry will all be affected; yet this does not exclude the possibility of conflicts and nations imposing their will on an adversary. Older strategists who have taken too many blood thinners seem to give up far too easily and quickly.

The Indian Air Force is facing significant difficulties. A substantial part of the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter force is set to be phased out, with 83 Tejas Mark 1A aircraft ordered so far as firm replacements. The other projects are still under construction.

Organizational changes, dwindling numbers in units and training centers, challenges posed by insecure neighbors Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Myanmar, and increased defense spending by the PLA will weigh heavily on the CDS, who is the man in charge of waging the war on the ground. . Unfortunately, everyone else will voice their opinions, which won’t matter on the battlefield, whether in Kargil or Galwan.

Whoever is named the next CDS must have a nimble mind, be nimble on their feet and have a Kevlar backbone to stand up to bureaucracy and be upfront with the political leaders of the day about the pros and cons of both the internal and external problems we face as a nation?