Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee

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Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee
Sunil Lanba.jpg
Incumbent
Admiral Sunil Lanba

since 31 December 2016
Ministry of Defence
AbbreviationChairman, CoSC
Member ofChiefs of Staff Committee
Reports toMinister of Defence
Term lengthUntil retirement

The Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, is the head of the Chiefs of Staff Committee. The most senior chief of staff is appointed to serve as a chairman until he retires.[1] The current chairman is the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba.

History[edit]

Following the end of the Kargil war, Kargil Review Committee found there was a lack of communication between the service branches, and therefore suggested to create a Chief of Defence Staff position. This was however rejected by many members of the military, arguing that only great or imperial powers engaging in power projection needed that amount integration.[2] A compromise was created with establishment of the CoSC.[3] The Chairman is responsible for inter-service synergy.[1] However, as the CoSC only serve as Primus inter pares to the other Chiefs of Staff, he does not wield any power.[4] The Chairman is assisted by the Integrated Defence Staff.[5][6]

Talks concerning the creation of a Chief of Defence Staff position remain ongoing.[4] Likewise, it has been suggested that the position of chairman be made permanent, with a renewable 2 year term.[4] Both of these suggestions have been rejected by the Indian Air Force.[4] In December 2018, however, the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee Admiral Sunil Lanba stated the heads of the three services had "finally agreed on a permanent chief of staff committee," and the matter had been sent to the Defence Ministry for consideration.[7]

List of chiefs[edit]

Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Ref
1
Ronald Lynsdale Pereira
Pereira, RonaldAdmiral
Ronald Lynsdale Pereira
(1923–1993)
1 August 198328 February 1982−1 year, 154 days Indian Navy.
2
K. V. Krishna Rao
Rao, KrishnaGeneral
K. V. Krishna Rao
(1923–2016)
1 March 198231 July 19831 year, 152 days Indian Army[8]
3
Oscar Stanley Dawson
Dawson, OscarAdmiral
Oscar Stanley Dawson
(1923–2011)
1 August 198330 November 19841 year, 121 days Indian Navy[9]
4
Arun Shridhar Vaidya
Vaidya, ArunGeneral
Arun Shridhar Vaidya
(1926–1986)
1 December 198431 January 19861 year, 61 days Indian Army[10]
5
Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani
Tahiliani, RadhakrishnaAdmiral
Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani
(1930–2015)
1 February 198630 November 19871 year, 302 days Indian Navy[11][12]
6
Krishnaswamy Sundarji
Sundarji, KrishnaswamyGeneral
Krishnaswamy Sundarji
(1930–1999)
1 December 198731 May 1988182 days Indian Army.
7
Jayant Ganpat Nadkarni
Nadkarni, JayantAdmiral
Jayant Ganpat Nadkarni
(1931–2018)
1 July 198830 November 19902 years, 152 days Indian Navy[13]
8
Sunith Francis Rodrigues
Rodrigues, SunithGeneral
Sunith Francis Rodrigues
(born 1933)
1 December 199030 June 19931 year, 49 days Indian Army[14]
9
Laxminarayan Ramdas
Ramdas, LaxminarayanAdmiral
Laxminarayan Ramdas
(born 1933)
1 July 199330 September 199391 days Indian Navy[15]
10
Bipin Chandra Joshi
Joshi, BipinGeneral
Bipin Chandra Joshi
(1935–1994)
1 October 199319 November 19941 year, 49 days Indian Army.
11
S. K. Kaul
Kaul, SwaroopAir Chief Marshal
S. K. Kaul
(born 1935)
20 November 199431 December 19951 year, 41 days Indian Air Force[16]
12
Shankar Roychowdhury
Roychowdhury, ShankarGeneral
Shankar Roychowdhury
(born 1937)
1 January 199630 September 19971 year, 272 days Indian Army[17]
13
Satish Sareen
Sareen, SatishAir Chief Marshal
Satish Sareen
(born 1939)
01 October 199731 December 19981 year, 91 days Indian Air Force[18]
14
Ved Prakash Malik
Malik, VedGeneral
Ved Prakash Malik
(born 1939)
1 January 199930 September 20001 year, 273 days Indian Army[19][20]
15
Sushil Kumar
Kumar, SushilAdmiral
Sushil Kumar
1 October 200029 December 20011 year, 89 days Indian Navy[20]
16
Sundararajan Padmanabhan
Padmanabhan, SundararajanGeneral
Sundararajan Padmanabhan
(born 1940)
30 December 200131 December 20021 year, 1 day Indian Army[21]
17
Madhvendra Singh
Singh, MadhvendraAdmiral
Madhvendra Singh
31 December 200231 July 20041 year, 213 days Indian Navy[21]
18
Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy
Krishnaswamy, SrinivasapuramAir Chief Marshal
Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy
(born 1943)
31 July 200429 December 2004151 days Indian Air Force[22]
19
Nirmal Chander Vij
Vij,Nirmal ChanderGeneral
Nirmal Chander Vij
30 December 200430 January 200531 days Indian Army[22]
20
Arun Prakash
Prakash, ArunAdmiral
Arun Prakash
(born 1944)
31 January 200531 October 20061 year, 273 days Indian Navy[22]
21
Shashindra Pal Tyagi
Tyagi, Shashindra PalAir Chief Marshal
Shashindra Pal Tyagi
(born 1945)
31 October 200631 March 2007151 days Indian Air Force.
22
Joginder Jaswant Singh
Singh, Joginder JaswantGeneral
Joginder Jaswant Singh
(born 1945)
31 March 200730 September 2007183 days Indian Army.
23
Sureesh Mehta
Mehta, SureeshAdmiral
Sureesh Mehta
(born 1947)
30 September 200731 August 20091 year, 335 days Indian Navy.
24
Deepak Kapoor
Mehta, SureeshGeneral
Deepak Kapoor
(born 1948)
31 August 200931 March 2010212 days Indian Army.
25
Pradeep Vasant Naik
Naik, PradeepAir Chief Marshal
Pradeep Vasant Naik
(born 1949)
31 March 201030 July 20111 year, 121 days Indian Air Force[23]
26
Nirmal Kumar Verma
Naik, PradeepAdmiral
Nirmal Kumar Verma
(born 1949)
30 July 201131 August 20121 year, 32 days Indian Navy[24]
27
Norman Anil Kumar Browne
Browne, NormanAir Chief Marshal
Norman Anil Kumar Browne
(born 1951)
31 August 201231 December 20131 year, 122 days Indian Air Force.
28
Bikram Singh
Singh, BikramGeneral
Bikram Singh
(born 1951)
31 December 201331 July 2014212 days Indian Army[1]
29
Arup Raha
Raha, ArupAir Chief Marshal
Arup Raha
(born 1954)
31 July 201431 December 20162 years, 153 days Indian Air Force.
30
Sunil Lanba
Raha, ArupAdmiral
Sunil Lanba
(born 1957)
31 December 2016Incumbent2 years, 113 days Indian Navy[25]

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