Brigadier General (ret) Maroun Hitti

Brigadier General (ret) Maroun Hitti

  • Defense and Military Expert
  • Lebanese Armed Forces

Brigadier General Hitti (born August 30,1958 -65 years and 4 months old) was commissioned as an Armor Officer upon graduation from the Lebanese Armed Forces Military Academy in 1980. His formal education is consistent with that of a career Armor and Special Forces officer and includes graduation from U.S. & French military schools.
His first assignment was with the 64th Armored Battalion where he served as Armor platoon leader. Next he served as Armor, Air Assault and Ranger Company Commander, as the 124th Armor Battalion Commander and then as S3 and Executive Officer second-in-command in the Ranger Regiment and in other Special Forces Regiments and Mechanized Infantry Brigades. BG Hitti founded the Special Forces School and commanded the Task Force for the Protection of the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).
He served too as Instructor, Unit Commander and Commander of the Training Department in the Military Academy.
Later, BG Hitti held Staff positions in the Training Directorate, headquarters LAF, followed by an assignment as the Director of Operations and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (2008-2012) in the LAF headquarters.
BG Hitti was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Planning J5 from Sep 2012 until Sep 2016. His responsibilities included planning for long & medium term strategic vision (LAF 2025, creation of J6, renaming and reorganizing the LAF HQ structure and creating many directorates in other Staffs i.e. the Key Performance Specifications Directorate, the New Job Description and Job Qualification Guiding Instruction for the LAF HQ, the International Military Assistance Directorate… He was until recently the chair/head of several strategic committees including: The Joint Capabilities Review, the Executive Military Commission issued from the ISG for Lebanon, the Arming Delegation Commission for the processing of the Saudi Donation, the Defense Institution Reform Initiative and the Rapid Land Border Security Assistance Program and Joint Project Implementation Team. Also BG Hitti triggered MOUs with almost 12 Countries with which Joint Bilateral Talks were held on a yearly basis.


  • NATO COEDAT Workshop: Countering the Movement of Terrorists across Borders

    A Centre of Excellence (COE) is an entity offering specialised expertise and experience to the benefit of the NATO Alliance, especially in support of Transformation. The Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism (COE-DAT) is a NATO accredited, multi-national sponsored entity located in Ankara, Türkiye. COE-DAT was inaugurated in 2005 as the second among the 30 NATO Centres of Excellence that exist today. The Centre is composed of personnel from eight NATO nations and is focused on providing key decision-makers with realistic solutions to terrorism and counter-terrorism (CT) challenges. COE-DAT is designed to complement NATO’s current resources while also serving three different functions: NATO’s Department Head in Education and Training for CT; Education and Training Facility offering courses and other training and education opportunities; and, a strategic-level think tank.
    Border Security is one of the topics that COE-DAT invests in, as it is deemed relevant to CT efforts. Border Security, Refugees and Counter-Terrorism is one of the 12 NATO-approved courses that are taught at COE-DAT.

    During the COE-DAT workshop at the World Border Security Congress, COE-DAT will provide an academic insight into border security in the context of CT, and use case study examples from Türkiye and Lebanon in order to highlight how theoretical understanding can be applied in practice to better equip policy-level decision makers to defend their borders against terrorist activity.

    The aim of the workshop is to allow participants to engage with subject matter experts and discuss a series of factors that contribute to border security, highlighting how technological advances need to be matched by human understanding and conventional methods in order to provide comprehensive defence against terrorism.

    The workshop aims to provide insight at the strategic level with regards to managing the range of tools available to develop border security, though this will include understanding the requirement to ensure strategy can be implemented at the tactical level. The outcome is to view border security and CT as a holistic process, underpinned by both academic research and practical experience.”