Lt. Gen Farooq is a leading international expert on national and international security policy and strategy. He has been representing Pakistan in numerous national and international seminars, workshops and studies, as an international authority on a wide array of subjects related to national and international security, which include comprehensive National security policy, Strategic leadership and management, Counter terrorism & Counter Insurgency, Soft power and hard power dynamics, Disaster response, crisis management and contingency planning, Sub-conventional, conventional and un-conventional war fighting, Kineticism and Non-kineticism applications as Statecraft tools, Multi-Agency stability operations, social action planning, South Asian regional studies and International relations.
As President National Defence University, Islamabad (2010-2012), Lt. Gen Farooq transformed and guided the leading military institution of Pakistan by equipping the strategic level senior civil and military leadership with in-depth knowledge and wide array of skills, essential to cope with both the contemporary and emerging 21st century challenges to national and international security. His unique contributions towards NDU include the introduction of the concept of Soft Power, development of comprehensive National Security Policy, Strategies and Non- Kinetic Threats modules. Under his guidance, the military and defence policy and strategy modules were expanded and now incorporate conventional, un-conventional, sub-conventional as well as 4th Generation warfare concepts.
Lt. Gen Farooq also played a key role towards reinvigorating NDU as a leading think tank on key policy and strategic issues and enhancing its capacity to provide strategic direction via focused roundtables, seminars, workshops, scenario developments, research and publications. Due to Lt. Gen Farooq’s personal efforts and commitment, today ISSRA is not merely collaborating with most leading research institutions on a global level, but more importantly its academic and intellectual inputs are held in high esteem at both home and abroad.
Lt. General Agha Muhammad Umer Farooq joined military service of Pakistan in 1975 and during his illustrious career spanning 37 years, he attended numerous courses with distinction at both national and international levels. Lt. Gen Farooq is a graduate of premier institutions like Pakistan Military Academy, Army School of Infantry & Tactics, US Army Infantry School, Fort Banning, USA, Command & Staff College Quetta, National Defence University, Islamabad and US Army War College, Pennsylvania, USA. Lt. Gen Farooq has a vast Command and Staff experience ranging from twice commanding an infantry unit, two Infantry Brigades both during peace and combat, Director Military Operations at the Army Headquarters and Chief of Staff of a strike Corps of Pakistan Army. In addition, Lt. Gen Farooq also commanded an Infantry Division, the Pakistan Army’s School of Infantry & Tactics and served as the President of National Defence University of Pakistan. He holds degree of Master of Science in War Studies from Quaid -e-Azam University and Master of Science in Strategic Studies from US Army War College, USA.
Member, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan
Board Member – Centre for Pakistan & Gulf Studies
Pakistan – India, Track II Dialogue
Civil – Military Relations & Imbalances, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad
US – Pakistan Strategic Dialogue 2008-2009
Chief of Staff and operations, Federal Relief Commission (FRC) for Earthquake Oct 2005, Prime Minister Secretariat
Director General, Earthquake Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA), Prime Minister Secretariat
Crisis Control & Disaster management aspects, National Disaster management Authority
Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorism training
UN Peacekeeping mission training