Army Chief General Bipin Rawat appointed as Chief of Defence Staff

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has been appointed as the new Chief of Defence Staff by the government on Monday. With him being the CDS, smooth coordination among the army, air force and navy is expected to happen, as tri-services agencies on cyber and space came up during his tenure as the Army Chief. 

Importantly, some of the strongest military actions against Pakistan have taken place during his tenure, with stiff resistance being given to Chinese military aggression along the India-China border.

Rawat is retiring as the Army Chief on December 31, as he will be completing his three-year tenure. He will take over as the CDS from the same day, according to an official press statement. The government on Sunday amended the army, air force and navy rules to allow the CDS to serve till 65 years of age. Rawat will turn 62 in March 2020.