Maj Gen Alok Deb, SM, VSM (Retired) was commissioned in the Indian Army in 1977. He is a combat veteran of the Kargil war and has commanded an Artillery Division. He has served in all types of operational environments in India and also abroad as a UN peacekeeper. He is a graduate of various military institutes of higher learning in India and has earned two M Phil degrees in defence and strategic studies during his service of over 37 years. He has been writing on defence and security related matters in various journals and websites over the last few years.