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 […]