Government sources say that the retiring Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is to be appointed the Chief of Defense Staff with additional powers. The Prime Minister yesterday tabled in the parliament a draft act on increasing powers and defining duties of the Chief of Defense Staff.
In accordance with the draft act, the President may appoint one of the commanders of the three armed forces as the Chief of Defense Staff and he is expected to act under the orders, monitoring and administration of the Secretary of the Ministry of Defense.
With the consent of the President, the Chief of Defense Staff may hold the post for two years and the duration can be extended bi-yearly.
The Chief of Defense Staff is tasked with issuing orders regarding strategies of the armed forces, assisting the Minister, developing a theory for overall work force of the armed forces, coordinating intelligence activities among armed forces, assessing the strength of potential enemies, preparation and evaluation of random plans related to armed forces, preparation of policies for the training of joint armed forces, preparation of policy for peacekeeping operations etc. according to the draft act.
A committee of chiefs of defense staff is appointed and the Chief of Defense Staff will chair the committee. The Commanders of the three armed forces are members of this committee.