Defence Planning Committee

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The Defence Planning Committee is a senior decision-making mechanism created in April 2018 by the Central Government of India[1] to facilitate "comprehensive" planning for the defence forces besides focusing on military doctrines to deal with emerging security challenges for India.[2]


According to the notification issued by Indian Government the DPC will have several mandates namely to[1]

  1. Prepare a draft National Security Strategy
  2. Develop a capability development plan
  3. Work on defence diplomacy issues
  4. Improving defence manufacturing ecosystem in India.

DPC would also analyse all inputs relating to the defence planning and foreign policy imperatives. The committee would focus on the defence acquisition and infrastructure development plans including the 15 year long integrated perspective plan. The committee will work for the development of Indian defence industry and technology advancements.[2]


Four sub-committees will be created under the DPC for each of the above tasks. To provide duly considered and refined inputs to the DPC, specific issues would be managed through subcommittees. DPC is chaired by the National Security Advisor of India and the Chief of Integrated Staff in the Ministry of Defence will be the member secretary of DPC, and his headquarters will be the secretariat for the committee. The DPC will submit its reports to the Defence Minister of India.[1]


As of March 2018 members of the Defence Planning Committee (DPC) include[2]


National Security Advisor Ajit Doval chaired the first meeting on 3 May 2018, which was attended by the three military chiefs, and defence, foreign and expenditure secretaries.[1]. The first meeting discussed the topics under mandate of DPC and ways to expedite modernisation of the armed forces and evolving a security strategy.[2]


Chairman of defence planning committee was national security advisor


  1. ^ a b c d "Doval chairs first meet of defence panel". The Hindu. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Defence Planning Committee holds first meeting; decides to make action plan to deal with security challenges". The meeting, chaired by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, also discussed ways to expedite modernisation of the armed forces and evolving a security strategy for the country. Indian Express. Press Trust of India. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.

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