Chief of the Defence Staff (Sri Lanka)

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Chief of the Defence Staff
Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne.jpg
Incumbent
Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne

since 22 August 2017
Military of Sri Lanka
Member of National Security Council
Reports to President of Sri Lanka
Ministry of Defence
Seat Office of the Chief of Defence Staff, Block No. 5, BMICH, Bauddhaloka mawatha, Colombo 7
Appointer The President
Upon nomination by the National Security Council
Term length Not fixed
Extendable
Constituting instrument Chief of Defence Staff Act, No. 35 of 2009
Formation 11 February 1985; 32 years ago (1985-02-11)
as General Officer Commanding, Joint Operations Command
First holder Lieutenant General Tissa Weeratunga (as GOC-JOC)
Website Official website

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) is the most senior appointment in the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, and the highest-ranking military officer in service, outranking the heads of each service branch. The CDS does not, however, have operational command authority over service branches, but rather oversees inter-service co-operation and develops and implements the joint operations doctrine of the Sri Lankan armed forces. Coordination of inter-service joint operations are handled by the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff formally known as the Joint Operations Headquarters.

Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne currently functions as the Chief of Defence Staff.[1] The CDS is the Chairman of a Committee made up of service commanders and is a member of the National Security Council.

History[edit]

The post could be traced back to post of General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Joint Operations Command when General T. I. Weerathunga was first appointed to it on November 2, 1985. The Joint Operations Command was created in 1985 due to the need of co-ordinating of operations among the tri-services and the police with the escalation of the Sri Lankan Civil War. The post itself was created in 1999 replacing the civilian post of chief of the Joint Operations Bureau which had existed briefly in 1999. Its powers expanded under the Chief of Defence Staff Act No. 35 of 2009.

In recent years, the Chief of the Defence Staff was appointed to the highest rank in the branch of the Sri Lankan armed forces to which he belonged (equivalent to a US "four-star" rank) being a General, an Admiral or an Air Chief Marshal. According to the new Bill, the President of Sri Lanka appoints to the post of Chief of Defence Staff any person presently serving as Commander of the Army, Navy or the Air Force, to function under the direction, supervision and control of the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Defence.

Responsibilities[edit]

  • Assist in providing for the strategic direction of the armed forces
  • Development of doctrine for the joint employment of the armed forces
  • Facilitation of preparation of strategic plans for the armed forces
  • Co-ordination of matters relating to intelligence as between the armed forces;
  • To undertake assessments to determine the capabilities of the armed forces in comparison with those of their potential
  • Preparation of operational plans for the armed forces

General Officer Commanding, Joint Operations Command (1985-1999)[edit]

Chief of the Defence Staff (1999–present)[edit]

Chief of Defence Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
Rohan Daluwatte, WWV, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP
Daluwatte, RohanGeneral Rohan Daluwatte, WWV, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP
(born 1941)
1999 2002 3 years  Sri Lanka Army
2
L. P. Balagalle, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP, VSP
Balagalle, L. P.General L. P. Balagalle, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP, VSP 30 June 2004 1 September 2005 2 years, 2 months  Sri Lanka Army
3
Daya Sandagiri, VSV, USP
Sandagiri, DayaAdmiral Daya Sandagiri, VSV, USP
(born 1947)
1 September 2005 12 June 2006 9 months  Sri Lanka Navy
4
Donald Perera, VSV, USP
Perera, DonaldAir Chief Marshal Donald Perera, VSV, USP
(born 1950)
12 June 2006 15 July 2009 3 years, 1 month  Sri Lanka Air Force
5
Sarath Fonseka, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP
Fonseka, SarathField Marshal Sarath Fonseka, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP
(born 1950)
15 July 2009 16 November 2009 124 days  Sri Lanka Army
6
Roshan Gunatilleke, RWP & bar, VSV, USP
Gunatilleke, RoshanAir Chief Marshal Roshan Gunatilleke, RWP & bar, VSV, USP
(born 1956)
16 November 2009 June 2011 1 year, 6 months  Sri Lanka Air Force
7
Jagath Jayasuriya, VSV, USP
Jayasuriya, JagathGeneral Jagath Jayasuriya, VSV, USP June 2011 June 2015 4 years  Sri Lanka Army
8
Kolitha Gunathilake, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP
Gunathilake, KolithaAir Chief Marshal Kolitha Gunathilake, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP June 2015 June 2017 2 years  Sri Lanka Air Force
9
Crishantha de Silva, RWP, USP
de Silva, CrishanthaGeneral Crishantha de Silva, RWP, USP June 2017 22 August 2017 82 days  Sri Lanka Army
10
Ravindra Wijegunaratne, WV, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP
Wijegunaratne, RavindraAdmiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, WV, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP
(born 1960)
22 August 2017 Incumbent 48 days  Sri Lanka Navy

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne appointed new Chief of Defence Staff". Daily News Sri Lanka. Daily News Sri Lanka. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 

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