New Delhi: Lt Gen Satish Dua, a counter terrorism specialist who played a key role in planning the much-talked about surgical strikes in PoK, has taken over as the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC).
Though he had formally taken over the position on October 31, it was his first day in office today and was accorded a Tri-Services Guard of Honour.
Prior to this, Gen Dua was General Officer Commanding of the Army's strategic Chinar Corps (15 Corps) responsible for guarding the Line of Control in Kashmir.
Dua's tenure as chief of the Chinar Corps, which began on August 27 last year, has been characterized by a mixture of robust operations along the LoC and in hinterland. He is also known for his constructive engagement with the youth.
His tenure though will be defined by the 'successful' surgical strikes launched by the Army against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in September in response to the Uri terror attack.
Dua is also credited with raising a new counter terrorism formation of Assam Rifles (IGAR East) in the North East. He was also the Indian Defence Attache to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.