Brig Deepak Sinha (Retd) is a second generation paratrooper with over three decades of service in the army. He has an M.A. and M.Phil. in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras. In addition, he has also attended the Armed Forces Certificate Course on Business Management from MDI, Gurgaon. During his service he has held varied command, staff and instructional appointments.He has extensive experience in airborne special operations forces and counter insurgency operations having served in a Special Forces battalion in the North East and Jammu & Kashmir. He has also commanded India's only rapid deployment force, 50th (Independent) Parachute Brigade and the Parachute Regiment Training Center. As Director Parachute and Special Forces at Army Headquarters he was responsible for the organizational, equipment identification/ procurement and training aspects of the Special Forces including conduct of joint training with the US Special Operations and the Russian Airborne Forces. He also headed the Indian Contingent participating in "Airborne Africa 2002" in Botswana, a biennial professional competition for Airborne and Special Forces from Africa and the world. The Indian team participated for the first time and was placed first from among 23 teams from over 15 countries including United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Malaysia and South Africa.He has been on the faculty of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington as a Directing Staff and an instructor at the National Defence Academy, Pune, and at the Wangchuk Lo Dzong Military School, Bhutan. He has held the Field Marshal Cariappa Chair of Excellence at the United Services Institution of India, New Delhi, in 2003-04 and is the author of the book "Beyond the Bayonet: Indian Special Operations Forces in the 21st Century", Gyan Publishers, Delhi, 2006. Prior to joining ORF he established the Indian operations for an MNC, ICD Security Solutions (India) Pvt Ltd, a part of the Brinks Co, USA. In a period of approximately two and a half years he was able to increase turnover from Rs 2 Cr to Rs 14 Cr.
He is a consultant with ORF.