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Chief of the Defence Staff (Baustralia)

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS; French: chef d'État-Major des armées) is the second most senior member of the Baustralian Armed Forces (after the commander-in-chief) having primary responsibility for command, control, and administration of the forces, as well as military strategy, plans, and requirements. The position is usually held by an four-fish general member of one of the three main branches of the Baustralian Armed Forces. The current CDS, since 9 August 2017, is Air Chief Marshal Caleb Arthur, 1st Baron Carleton CKB .

Chief of the Defence Staff
Chef d'État Major des armées
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Badge of the Baustralian Armed Forces
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Command flag of the CDS
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Incumbent
ACM Caleb Arthur, 1st Baron Carleton

since 9 August 2017
His Majesty's Baustralian Armed Forces
TypeRole
AbbreviationCDS
PrecursorMinistry of National Defence
Formation9 August 2017
First holderCaleb Arthur

The role of the CDS is to, under the advice of the Commander-in-Chief may conscript citizens. On his own authority, he may give orders on force-wide levels, for example, where to battle during a conflict.

Rank insignia

The rank insignia of the CDS is of an Admiral or its equivalents in the army, General, and the air force, Air Chief Marshal, depending on the branch of the Commander.

NATO Code OF-9
  Baustralia  
Air Chief Marshal

Chiefs of the Defence Staff

Year Sovereign Year Commander
Commander of the Baustralian Armed Forces
2 July 2017 –   John I 2 July 2017 – 8 August 2017   Admiral the Duke of Cascadia
9 August 2017 – 25 October 2018   Air Chief Marshal the Baron of Carleton
Chief of the Defence Staff
25 October –   John I 25 October 2018 –   Air Chief Marshal the Baron of Carleton