Lt General R K Sawhney, PVSM, AVSM, Dean, Centre for Defence Studies, VIF
ravisawhney@vifindia.org

Lt Gen Ravi Sawhney retired as the Deputy Chief of the Army Staff. He is a post graduate in Defence and Security Planning from the Royal College of Defence Studies, London prior to which he attended Defence Services Staff College at Wellington and Long Defence Service Management Course at the College of Defence Management, India.

During the Army service of approximately 40 years, he has held important appointments in staff and command of different combat units and field formations. He was involved in conceptual development of strategies at senior levels as the Director of Military Intelligence and was subsequently responsible for the overall coordination of the deployment of Indian Army troops at various UN missions as a Deputy Chief of Army Staff.
Post retirement, he was deputed by the Government of India to monitor the situation in Afghanistan, a country which he has visited almost every year since 2002. He is presently a Dean of Defence Studies in Vivekananda International Foundation, an important ‘think tank’ in New Delhi, comprising retired senior officers of Armed Forces, diplomats, intelligence officers and civil servants.