Veteran Lt Gen Kamal Davar PVSM AVSM

Current Positions

TPF Expert

President – Delhi Forum for Strategic Studies, New Delhi

Convenor – Strategic Studies Cell, Kasauli

Defence Analyst

Past Positions

Member : International High Level Military Group (HLMG) for Middle-East

DGDIA & Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Intelligence)

Corps Commander – Ladakh Sector



PhD – Security Studies  (Meerut University)

Phil – Security Studies (Meerut University)

M Sc – Military Science (University of Madras)

National Defence College – New Delhi

Defence Services Staff College – Wellington, India


Lt General Kamal Davar retired from the Indian Army in 2004 after a most distinguished service spanning four decades. He has held coveted command, staff and instructional appointments both in India and abroad. For his distinguished services of the most exceptional order the Government of India awarded him the Param Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.

A renowned operational soldier, the General has served in all theatres of operations in India and was also wounded in action in the 1965 operations. His last appointment at Army HQ, for which he was especially selected by the Government, was as the first Chief of The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Deputy Chief of the Integrated Defense Staff. During his tenure many intelligence initiatives were taken and widely appreciated by the government and the three Service Headquarters.
The General is an MSc in Defense Studies from Madras University and now also holds a Doctorate in Security Studies from Meerut University. He has been a Corps Commander responsible for the defense of the 10 Punjab besides being the first Armoured Corps officer to have commanded the entire Ladakh sector.

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