Lt Gen C.A. Krishnan

Lt Gen C.A. Krishnan, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM (Retd), is a former Deputy Chief of the Army and a former Member of the Armed Forces Tribunal. A post graduate in Defence studies and M Phil in strategic affairs and Defence Management, he is also a post graduate diploma in Human Rights Laws from NLSIU, Bangalore and a post graduate diploma in journalism. He has four decades of command and staff experience at various levels across a wide spectrum of terrain and environment which include the Siachin glacier, high altitude areas of Leh and Arunachal Pradesh, combating insurgency in Jammu & Kashmir, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur, highly active line of control of Jammu & Kashmir and the Plains and deserts of Punjab and Rajasthan. He has also been the Director General of Man Power Planning and Personal Services of the Indian Army. Having been a Corps commander and Deputy Chief of the Army, he carries vast experience of commanding large formations while also being intimately involved in apex level conceptual evaluations, perspective planning and higher defence management. As the Deputy Chief, he was responsible for overseeing the perspective planning, financial planning and modernization of the Indian army. This included formulation of equipment road map to cater for the future needs of the Indian army as well as its capital acquisition programs. He has been on the Board of Directors of Bharat Electronics Ltd and Bharat Dynamics Ltd, two of India’s leading Public sector undertakings manufacturing defence equipment. He is widely travelled and has been part of and led numerous delegations representing the country. He is a prolific writer with numerous published articles on a wide variety of subjects like strategic issues, Rare Earths, Space mining, Energy etc. He also provides consultancy to defence industries seeking to expand / streamline their existing defence manufacturing base as well as to potential entrepreneurs contemplating entry into the defence manufacturing arena.


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