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Maj Gen BK Sharma
2 POSTS 0 COMMENTSMaj Gen BK Sharma is the Deputy Director (Research) and Heads Centre for Strategic Studies and Simulation at the United Service Institution of India (USI), India’s oldest ‘Think Tank’ established by the Britishers in 1870. He was commissioned in the SIKHLIGHT Infantry in 1976 and superannuated in Apr 2012, after being approved for the rank of Lt Gen in the prestigious command stream. He is a recipient of national awards of Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), Sena Medal (SM) (twice) from the President of India for rendering distinguished national service of exceptional order and for display of courage and devotion to duty. He was warded the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card for a high- risk strategic mission in the Sichen Glacier. In a span of 38 years of military service he has contributed a great deal in furtherance of national security and strategic culture. The General Officer commanded a mountain division on the China border. He was Senior Faculty Member at the prestigious National Defense College, Director at the Military Wing at the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Ministry of Defense, Principal Director at the Directorate of Net Assessment, HQ Integrated Defense Staff, Ministry of Defense and Brigadier General Staff of a Corps deployed on China- Bangladesh- Nepal -Bhutan borders. His foreign assignments include Defense Attaché in Embassy of India in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. He participated in demobilization and disarming of Contras guerillas in Nicaragua in Central America in 1990 as part of UN Peacekeeping Mission. The officer is endowed with brilliant civil and military academic achievements. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Higher Command course and National Defense College. He attended a course in International Peacekeeping in Santiago (Chile) in the year 2000. He was awarded M Phil twice in Defense Management and Defense Strategy and is pursuing PhD in Geopolitics in Central Asia The General Officer has made outstanding contribution in the field of civil and military education. He has travelled to about 33 countries in his official capacity and has presented academic papers on strategic affairs at several international seminars. He has delivered lectures at the premium military education establishments and universities in India and abroad. He has conducted a series of workshops and training capsules on strategy and national and international security for military officers, Indian and foreign diplomats and university students. He has guided a large number of senior policy makers and research scholars in writing thesis and academic papers. He has edited four books namely “Indian Ocean Region: Emerging Strategic Cooperation, Competition and Conflict Scenarios”, “Geopolitics, Security and Bilateral Relations- Perspectives from India and South Korea”, “China’s Belt & Road Initiative, Challenges and Prospects” and Developments in Central Asia India-Kyrgyzstan Relation besides authoring Monographs titled, “Analysis of China’s Military Organization and “India’s SCO Membership”-Challenges and Opportunities. He edits Strategic Perspective, the USI digital magazine and the prestigious USI Strategic Yearbook. He participates in TV panel discussions on the Indian and foreign TV shows. His contribution in promoting awareness in strategic affairs among the policymakers and academic cum strategic community and security has been of exceptionally high order.
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