Senior R&AW officer Arvind Saxena has been appointed as Director, Aviation Research Centre. Keeping in view his seniority a special provision has been put in place. Usually ARC Director reports to R&AW Chief but Saxena will report to NSA Ajit Doval. Earlier he was in strong reckoning for the position of R&AW Chief.
ARC is the secretive intelligence agency that operates a fleet of aircraft for surveillance and secret missions. The legendary founding chief of R&AW R N Kao was the first chief of ARC.
Previously, Naresh Chandra committee on national security had recommended (during UPA Govt regime) that ARC should be merged with R&AW. It is a part of the R&AW of the Cabinet Secretariat.
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