Army chief General Bikram Singh took over as the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) on 30 December 2013. He received the baton of Chairman, COSC from outgoing Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal N.K.Browne.
General Singh will have a brief tenure of around seven months as the CoSC, as he is expected to retire in July 2014.
Browne was a member of the COSC, since 1 August 2011 and its Chairman from 1 September 2012.
The COSC is the senior-most officer of the three Services and is in-charge for looking after the joint issues related to them. The senior-most of the three Services chiefs takes over the post.
General Singh was also shortlisted for appointed as the Permanent Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee -- a post which has been recommended by the Naresh Chandra Committee for reforms in the higher defence management.
The National Security Council Secretariat is expected to prepare proposals for the appointment of a four-star general to head the tri-services organisation, after the government consensus.
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