Lt. Gen. (Retd) Prakash Menon is Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. He is also is the Director of the Strategic Studies Programme, Takshashila Institution and Professor Emeritus at Trans Disciplinary University (TDU), Bangalore. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Manohar Parrikar Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses.
Lt Gen Menon joined the Indian Army in 1972. He has extensive operational experience in commanding counter-insurgency operations in Central, North and South Kashmir. He was the Major General Staff of the army’s Northern Command responsible for operations in J&K and the Commandant of the National Defence College, New Delhi. After his retirement in 2011, he continued in government as the Military Advisor and Secretary to Government of India and from 2015 to 2017 as Officer on Special Duty in the National Security Council Secretariat.
Lt Gen Menon has a two post-graduate degrees and a PhD from Madras University for his thesis “Limited War and Nuclear Deterrence in the Indo-Pak context”. He was appointed by the Union Cabinet as a member of an expert group for the creation of the Indian National Defence University. Post-retirement, he continues to teach and research, with a special focus on the role of force in statecraft. In 2014 he was a Visiting Fellow at Nanyang Technology University, Singapore.
Lt Gen Menon is the author of ‘Strategy Trap: India and Pakistan Under the Nuclear Shadow’, Wisdom Tree, Delhi, 2018 and Co-author of NonAlignment 2.0, Penguin, Delhi, 2013.