Chief of the Defence Staff (Baustralia)

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Chief of the Defence Staff
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Badge of the Baustralian Armed Forces
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Command flag of the CDS
Harrison Pickles, 2020 pattern naval photo.jpg
Incumbent
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Harrison Pickles

since 1 January 2022
His Majesty's Baustralian Armed Forces
TypeRole
AbbreviationCDS
PrecursorMinistry of National Defence
Formation9 August 2017
First holderACM Lord Carleton

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) 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 held by a five-fish general member of one of the three main branches of the Baustralian Armed Forces. The current CDS, since 1 January 2022, is Admiral of the Fleet Sir Harrison Pickles.

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 of the Fleet or its equivalent in the army, Field Marshal, depending on the branch of the Commander.

2022–present 2017 - 2022
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Baustralia Admiral of the Fleet Baustralia Field Marshal Baustralia Admiral Baustralia General

Chiefs of the Defence Staff

Year Sovereign Year Commander
Commander of the Baustralian Armed Forces
2 July 2017 – Coronation portrait of King John I.jpg John I 2 July 2017 – 8 August 2017 Sir John Timpson, 2020 pattern naval photo.jpg Admiral the Duke of Cascadia
9 August 2017 – 25 October 2018 Lord Carleton, 2020 pattern aerial photo.jpg Air Chief Marshal the Baron of Carleton
Chief of the Defence Staff
25 October – Coronation portrait of King John I.jpg John I 25 October 2018 – 31 December 2021 Lord Carleton, 2020 pattern aerial photo.jpg Air Chief Marshal the Baron of Carleton
1 January 2022 – Harrison Pickles, 2020 pattern naval photo.jpg Admiral of the Fleet Sir Harrison Pickles