Brig. Deepak Sinha (Retd.) is Visiting Fellow at ORF.
Brig. Sinha is a second-generation paratrooper. During his service, he held varied command, staff and instructional appointments, and has extensive experience in airborne special operations forces and counterinsurgency operations in the Northeast and Jammu and Kashmir. He has also commanded India’s only rapid deployment force, 50th (Independent) Parachute Brigade, as well as the Parachute Regiment Training Centre.
He has been directing staff at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, and an instructor at the National Defence Academy, Pune, and at the Wangchuk Lo Dzong Military School, Bhutan. After proceeding on premature retirement, he headed the Indian subsidiary of an MNC for three years before joining the Observer Research Foundation as a consultant from 2012 to 2021.
Brig. Sinha writes extensively for The Pioneer, The Times of India, and in his blog ‘Para Phrase.’ He held the Field Marshal Cariappa Chair of Excellence at the USI of India 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).
- Senior Visiting Fellow, The Peninsula Foundation, Chennai
- Armed Forces Certificate Course on Business Management, MDI Gurgaon
- MPhil Defence and Strategic Studies, University of Madras
- MA Defence and Strategic Studies, University of Madras