Twenty months after the tenure of the previous National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) headed by former foreign secretary Shyam Saran ended, the BJP government has announced the formation of a new NSAB.
The new NSAB will be headed by former ambassador to Russia, P S Raghavan. It also includes former R&AW official A B Mathur, retired Lt General S L Narasimhan and professor Bimal Patel of Gujarat National Law University.
The first meeting of the newly reconstituted NSAB was held in Delhi last week. The tenure of the new NSAB is usually for a period of two years.
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With a chairman and three members, the new NSAB is significantly smaller than the previous one, which had 14 members under the chairmanship of Saran. The tenure of that NSAB got over in January last year and the positions had been lying vacant ever since.
Dealing with internal and external security, foreign affairs, defence, science and technology and economic affairs, the NSAB meets at least once a month. Its principal function is to undertake long-term analysis of and provide perspectives on issues of national security.
The policy recommendations and options proposed by the NSAB are conveyed to the National Security Council for its consideration.
Over the years, the NSAB has contributed a large number of studies on both current and long-term issues of strategic significance. It produced a Draft Nuclear Doctrine in 2001, a Strategic Defence Review in 2002 and a National Security Review in 2007.
The first NSAB was constituted in December 1998 with K Subrahmanyam as its convener.