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 Vakhtang Kapanadze

Chief of General Staff of Georgian Armed Forces

Military rank: Major-General

Date of Birth: 17.08.1960


1978- 1983 -Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Geography-Geology, Specialty - Oceanology; 

1996-1997 - College of Strategic Studies and Defense Economics at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany (distinguished graduate);
1998-1999 - Ukraine Armed Forces National Academy, Tactical Faculty (Gold Medal);

2002-2003 - U.S. Army War College.

2013 Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, Executive Course in Defence Decion Making
2014 - Awarded the academic degree of the Doctor of Science. Thesis: "Stages of Development of the Military Bridges and their Art of Usage in Georgia." 

Working Experience:

1983- 1990 - Vakhushti Bagrationi Institute of Geography, Academy of Science of Georgia;
1990-1991 - Deputy Defence Minister of Georgia;

1991-1992 - Chief of Staff of Afghan War Veterans' Battalion;
1992 - Commander of Special Reconnaissance Battalion;
1993-1995 - Chief of Section of the Combat Reconnaissance/Intelligence Division of General Staff;

1995-1999 - Chief of the Combat Reconnaissance/Intelligence Division of Main Intelligence Department;

1999-2001 - Commander of 11th Motorized Brigade of Georgian Armed Forces;

2001-2002 - Chief of J-2 Department of General Staff of Georgia;

2003- 2004 - Chief of Staff of the Rapid Reaction Forces of GS Land Forces;

2004-2005 - Chief of General Staff of Georgia;
2005 -2006 - Military Adviser to the President of Georgia;
2006 - Chief of Analitical Service of the Government of Abkhazia;
2006 - Deputy Minister of Government of Abkhazia; 

2007 - Special Envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

2007-2008 - Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Poland; 

2008 -10.2012 - Deputy Chief of Foreign Intelligence, Special Service of Georgia.
2012-2013 - The First Deputy  Chief of Joint Staff of GAF

Scientific Works: 

Academician of the Engineering Academy; Member of sub-commission of the Georgian Academy of Science; Honorary member of "Hall of Fame" at U.S. Army War College;

BG Vakhtang Kapanadze has more than 10 scientific publications on military affairs and geography;
He is the editor-in-chief of two military-historical works.


Order of Honor;
Vakhtang Gorgasali III Rank Order
II Rank Medal for Meritorious Service
Medal for Combat Wound
I Rank Medal for Meritorious Service
US State of Georgia National Guard Medal of Honor
Georgian National Intelligence Sign of Honor
Danish Home Guard Meritorious Service Medal

Marital Status: married, two daughters

Languages: English, Russian