Lieutenant General Deependra Singh Hooda

Lieutenant General Deependra Singh Hooda, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM & Bar, ADC (Retd, Indian Army) was commissioned into the 4th Battalion of the 4th Gorkha Rifles on 15 Dec 1976. He is an alumni of Command and Staff College in Canada and was selected as the first Chief Logistics Officer for the newly raised United Nations Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea. From 2012 to 2016, he was stationed in Jammu and Kashmir, first as a Corps commander and then as the Army Commander of the Northern Command. In this assignment, he handled numerous strategic challenges along the borders both with Pakistan and China. He planned and supervised the successful “surgical strikes” in Pakistan in September 2016. After his retirement, Gen Hooda has commented and written extensively on geopolitical, strategic, and national security issues.