Lt. Gen. Katoch (Ret.) is a Special Forces officer with 40 years of service in the Indian Army. His last post was as director general of Information Systems. He has commanded a Special Forces Battalion in Sri Lanka, a Brigade on the Siachen Glacier, a Division in Ladakh, and a Strike Corps in semi-deserts. He served as India’s Defence Attaché to the Republic of Korea and Japan between 1994 and 1997. He has authored over 200 articles on international relations, strategic affairs, national security, military, technical and topical issues, and contributes regularly to both Indian and foreign publications. A leading defense analyst, he is a visiting fellow in foreign think tanks and is active in seminars at both national and international levels. He has recently authored a book on the Special Forces of India. He holds a master’s degree in Defence Studies and is an alumnus of the National Defence College of India.