Lieutenant-General Sanjeev Kumar Sharma to serve as deputy chief of strategic planning for the army

Lt. Gen. Sanjeev Kumar Sharma will be the new Deputy Chief of Staff (Strategy), a post created last year to oversee the operations and intelligence directorates of the 1.3 million-strong army .

Lt Gen Sharma succeeds Lt Gen Paramjit Singh who became the first DCOAS (strategy) earlier this year.

Lt. Gen. Singh retired on Wednesday after 39 years of service in the military. Lt. Gen. Sharma, as director general of military intelligence, will take up his new post on Thursday, officials said.

DCOAS (Strategy) was created as part of the army headquarters mega reforms, nearly three years after its need arose during the 73-day standoff between Doklam and the Chinese military in the Sikkim sector.

Lieutenant-General Sharma is a former student of the Rashtriya Military School, Bangalore, and was enlisted in the Rajputana Rifles in December 1983.

He has served in a wide variety of terrain and conflict zones in addition to holding numerous command, staff and training positions.

Lt. Gen. Sharma commanded an infantry battalion in an active counterinsurgency environment in the northeast, an infantry brigade deployed along the line of control and then commanded an infantry division and a body in the western sector.

A graduate of the Defense Services Staff College Wellington and the National Defense College, Delhi, he has held several prestigious positions including the Directorate of Military Operations, Northern Army Headquarters and the Chinar Corps.

He was an instructor at the Indian Military Academy and also served as a military observer with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (MONUL).

The General Officer holds a Doctorate in Defense and Strategic Studies from the University of Pune.

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