Even the Technical Coordination Group (TCG), headed by the National Security Adviser and comprising top secretaries to the Government of India (GoI) has reportedly cleared the proposal for presentation to the Cabinet Committee on Security(CCS), the country's highest decision making body on matters of defence and security. It is anybody's guess however if--not when--the CoSC proposals would be put up for the consideration of CCS! For, ultimately, this new structure would be a major step in breaking the status quo in the country's higher defence management and the 'deep establishment' in New Delhi is loathe to change. The question is: can the CCS overcome resistance from the well-entrenched bureaucracy and bite the bullet?
Even as we await that decision, this is what has the CoSC proposed. According to sources in the know, the plan mainly is to:
- Appoint a 4-star permanent Chairman Chiefs of Staff for a fixed tenure of two years
- Create three more tri-service commands--Special Operations, Cyber and Aerospace.
- Revert the Andaman Nicobar Command to the Navy