BECAUSE as Secretary Department of Military Affairs, Chairman Chiefs of Staffs Committee and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), he is India’s most powerful armed forces officer. Served as the bridge between the government and the three services during the Ladakh stand- off to ensure a united military front in response to Beijing’s belligerence.
BECAUSE he has laid the groundwork for independent India’s biggest military reform—the creation of five integrated theatre commands, which will replace the present 17 single-service commands by 2023.
BECAUSE the ‘Integrated Capa- bility Development Plan’ he is working on to present next year will radically transform the way the three armed forces acquire their hardware.
STAR POWER Became India’s longest-serving four-star officer in December 2020, eclipsing General K.S. Thimayya’s record of four years.
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