Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (Vishwamitra)
|Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee|
|Ministry of Defence|
|Status||Leader of the Armed Forces, Highest ranking military officer|
|Member of||Chiefs of Staff Committee|
|Reports to||Minister of Defence|
|Term length||Three months|
|Precursor||Chief of Defence Staff|
|Inaugural holder||Air Chief Marshal Matthew Griffin|
|Formation||26 November 2021|
The Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, is the rotational head of the Vishwamitran Armed Forces, roughly based on the and the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee of India and British Chiefs of Staff Committee. The Chiefs of Staff of the Royal Vishwamitran Army, Royal Vishwamitran Navy and the Royal Vishwamitran Air Force are appointed to serve as Chairman for a period of three months and the chair rotates among them. The first Chairman is the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Matthew Griffin. The position of the CoSC was established on 24 August 2021 after the abolishment of the position of Chief of Defence Staff, the permanent chairman of the tri-services command.
The Chief of Defence Staff, formerly known as the Chief of the General Staff, served as the professional head of the Vishwamitran Armed Forces and was considered to the senior-most officer of the armed forces. However, in August 2021, Rashtradhyaksh Dhrubajyoti Roy who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the tri-services made a proposal before the Armed Forces Council which was soon supported by all its members. It was proposed that the permanent chairmanship of the armed forces shall be abolished and be replaced by a tri-service collective command headed by the three Chiefs of the Services and the position of the chair rotating among the three service chiefs every three months. Finally, the position of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was abolished on 24 August 2021.
Several months later, on 26 November 2021, Air Chief Marshal Matthew Griffin who serves as the Chief of the Air Staff was appointed as the first Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC) for a tenure of three months which ends on 26 February 2022.
List of chairmen
|Portrait||Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Defence branch|
|1||Air Chief Marshal|
1st Count of Essex
|26 November 2021||Incumbent|
(ends on 26 February 2022)
|1 year, 64 days||Royal Vishwamitran Air Force|