Nikoloz Janjgava
First Deputy Chief of the Georgian Defence Forces, PhD.

Military rank: Major General 

Date and place of birth: 23 April 1970, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Nationality: Georgian

Marital status: Married

Civil Education:

2012 Masters Degree in Strategic Science, National Defense University (NDU), US.  

2003 Post-graduate studies, Masters’ degree in History, PhD in History (Military).

1993 Bachelor’s Degree, Faculty of History, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, graduated with distinction.

1993 Bachelor’s degree, Faculty of Law, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

Military Education:

2014 US Army Inspector General School, Ft. Belvoir, VA, USA

2011-2012 National Defense University, National War College, Ft. McNair, Washington D.C, USA.

2001-2002 Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS, USA .

1999-2000 Special Forces Officers Qualification course 04-99, US Army Special Warfare Center and School, Ft. Bragg, NC, USA.

1996 Ranger course 6-96, US Army Infantry School, Ft. Bening, GA, USA.

1995 Airborne course 32-95, US Army Infantry School, Ft. Bening, GA, USA.  

1995 Infantry Officers Advance course, US Army Infantry School, Ft. Bening, GA, USA.

1992 Field Artillery Basic course, Georgian Military Academy, Tbilisi, Georgia.

1992 Source and Date of Commission: Reserve Officers Training Program (ROTC), Tbilisi State University.


2016   Medal “Devoted to Homeland”   

2010/2017 Medal “General Mazniashvili”

2010 Non-Article 5 NATO Afghanistan Medal

2001/2010 Order of Honor, Georgia.

2008/2009 Medal for Distinguished Service in Georgian Armed Forces.

2010 Medal “General Kvinitadze”.

1996 Medal of Commendation, USANG, USA; US Army, Canadian, Greek and Georgian Airborne wings and US Army Special Forces and Ranger Tab


Language Skills 

Georgian –Native; English – Fluent; Russian – Fluent. 

Additional Information 

Published works in military history, ethnical conflicts and insurgencies.

Work Experience:

2016-Present 1st Deputy of the Chief of Defense of the Georgian Defense Forces.

2016 Chief of J-3 Operational Planning Department, General Staff, GAF.

2013-2016 Chief of Combat Readiness Monitoring Division, General Staff, GAF.

2010-2011 Senior National Representative, ISAF, Afghanistan.

2010 Commander of Training and Military Education Command, GAF.

2009-2010 Chief of J-5 Strategic Planning Department of the General Staff, GAF.

2008-2009 Military Attaché of Georgia in Greek Republic, Serbia and FYR of Macedonia.

2007 Chief of the National Guard, GAF.

2005-2007 Commander of the 4th Infantry Brigade, GAF.

2004-2005 Chief of J-7 Military Education and Training Department, General Staff, GAF.

2000-2001 Commander of the Rapid Reaction Forces.

1998_1999 Commander of Low Intensity Conflicts Training Center.

1996-1998 Chief Instructor of the Tactical Reconnaissance Course.

1995-1996 Senior Officer at Military Intelligence Department, Ministry of Defense of Georgia.

1992-1994 Military Expert, Treaty of the Conventional Forces in Europe, Department of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense of Georgia.


2018 Executive Program in Defense Decision Making, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA.

2016 Senior Strategic Leadership Course, UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham, UK.

2014 Generals, Flag Officers and Ambassadors Course, NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy.

1999 Peacekeeping exercise “Cooperative Best Effort-99”, Head of the Delegation, Valcartier, Canada.

1998 Partnership for Peace Orientation Course, Ankara, Turkey.

1997 Peacekeeping exercise “Cooperative Nugget-97”, Georgian Platoon Leader, Ft. Polk, FL, USA.

1996 Peacekeeping exercise “Cooperative Osprey-96”, Georgian Platoon Leader, Camp Lejeune, NC, USA.

1996 National Training Center (NTC) rotation with 48 US NG Bde. (M) ”Desert Lightning-96”. Observer, Ft. Irwin, CA, USA.

1994 American English Language Course, Lackland AFB, TX, USA.

1994 Verification and Reduction Course, Treaty of the Conventional Forces in Europe, Oberammergau, Germany.