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In recent years, the Chief of the Defence Staff was appointed to the highest rank in the branch of the Sri Lankan armed forces to which he belonged (equivalent to a US "[[4 star rank|four-star]]" rank) being a [[General Officer|General]], an [[Admiral]] or an [[Air Chief Marshal]]. According to the new Bill, the [[President of Sri Lanka]] appoints to the post of Chief of Defence Staff any person presently serving as Commander of the Army, Navy or the Air Force, to function under the direction, supervision and control of the [[Permanent Secretary]] to the [[Ministry of Defence (Sri Lanka)|Ministry of Defence]].
 
In recent years, the Chief of the Defence Staff was appointed to the highest rank in the branch of the Sri Lankan armed forces to which he belonged (equivalent to a US "[[4 star rank|four-star]]" rank) being a [[General Officer|General]], an [[Admiral]] or an [[Air Chief Marshal]]. According to the new Bill, the [[President of Sri Lanka]] appoints to the post of Chief of Defence Staff any person presently serving as Commander of the Army, Navy or the Air Force, to function under the direction, supervision and control of the [[Permanent Secretary]] to the [[Ministry of Defence (Sri Lanka)|Ministry of Defence]].
   
==Responsibilities==
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==Responsibilities ==
 
* Assist in providing for the [[military strategy|strategic direction]] of the armed forces
 
* Assist in providing for the [[military strategy|strategic direction]] of the armed forces
 
* Development of doctrine for the [[jointness|joint]] employment of the armed forces
 
* Development of doctrine for the [[jointness|joint]] employment of the armed forces
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* Preparation of operational plans for the armed forces
 
* Preparation of operational plans for the armed forces
   
==General Officer Commanding, Joint Operations Command==
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== General Officer Commanding, Joint Operations Command==
 
*[[General]] [[T. I. Weerathunga]]
 
*[[General]] [[T. I. Weerathunga]]
 
*[[General]] S. [[Cyril Ranatunga]]
 
*[[General]] S. [[Cyril Ranatunga]]
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*[[General]] [[Jagath Jayasuriya]]
 
*[[General]] [[Jagath Jayasuriya]]
   
==See also==
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== See also ==
 
* [[Office of the Chief of Defence Staff]]
 
* [[Office of the Chief of Defence Staff]]
 
* [[National Security Council of Sri Lanka]]
 
* [[National Security Council of Sri Lanka]]
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{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
   
==External links==
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== External links ==
 
* [http://lakdiva.com/island/i990606/defence.htm Daluwatte given over-riding powers over services chiefs]
 
* [http://lakdiva.com/island/i990606/defence.htm Daluwatte given over-riding powers over services chiefs]
 
* [http://www.ocds.lk/history.html History]
 
* [http://www.ocds.lk/history.html History]

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