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Hossein Dehghan
Minister of Defense
Assumed office
15 August 2013
President Hassan Rouhani
Preceded by Ahmad Vahidi
Secretary of the Defense Department of the Expediency Council

In office
2 March 2010 – 15 August 2013
Preceded by Mohammad Forouzandeh
Succeeded by TBD
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 64–65)
Shahreza, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Political party Moderation and Development Party
Alma mater University of Tehran
Religion Islam
Military service
Years of service 1981–2003
Rank 18- Sartipp-IRGC.png Brigadier General
Unit File:IRGC-logo.JPG IRGC Air Force

Hossein Dehghan (Persian: حسین دهقان; born 1957) is a former air force officer with the rank of brigadier general and minister of defense. He was designated for the position by President Hassan Rouhani on 4 August 2013 and confirmed by the parliament on 15 August.

Early life and education

Dehghan was born in Shahreza, Isfahan province, in 1957.[1][2] He received a PhD in management from the University of Tehran.[3][4]

Career and activities

Dehghan served as a commander in the Iranian Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and in its air force.[5][6] He left his hometown for Tehran and joined the IRGC shortly after the Iranian revolution in 1979.[1] His posts at the IRGC include commander of IRGC of Tehran (1980-1982), Isfahan, and Syria and Lebanon (1982-1983),[1] and general manager of the IRGC's Cooperatives Foundation (1996).[7][8] During the Iran-Iraq war, he was among leading and decision-making commanders of the IRGC along with Mohsen Rezaee, Rahim Safavi and Ali Shamkhani.[9] In Syria and Lebanon he was the commander of the training corps of the IRGC.[1] He was named the IRGC's air force deputy commander in 1986 and became its commander in April 1990.[10] His tenure lasted until 1992 and he was replaced by Mohammad Hossein Jalali in the post.[10] Dehghan was named deputy chief of the IRGC Joint Staff in 1992.[7] He later was promoted to the rank of brigadier general.[7]

Next he served as deputy to the then defense minister, Ali Shamkhani, during the presidency of Mohammad Khatami from 1997 to 2003.[7][11][12] In 2003, he held the post of acting defense minister.[13] He was made deputy president of the martyrs foundation, Bonyad Shadid, in 2005 and served as its president from 2005 to July 2009.[7][8] In addition, he served as an advisor to the former President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.[8][14] From 2009 to 2010 he was the deputy to Ali Shamkhani in the Armed Forces Strategic Studies Center.[7] Then he was appointed secretary of the Expediency Council's political, defense and security committee in 2010.[5] He also served as an advisor to Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani and Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf.[7] However, Dehghan distanced himself from Ahmedinejad in 2012 and joined Moderation and Development Party led by Hassan Rouhani.[7]

He was nominated to head the defense ministry on 4 August 2013.[15] He was approved by the Majlis and replaced Ahmad Vahidi in the post. Dehghan received 269 votes in favor and 10 votes against.[16] Former Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi was named as Dehghan's advisor on 22 August.[17]


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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Fulton, Will (7 August 2013). "Rouhani’s Cautious Pick For Defense Minister". Al Monitor. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Frederic Wehrey; Jerrold D Green; Brian Nichiporuk; Alireza Nader, Lydia Hansell (31 December 2008). The Rise of the Pasdaran: Assessing the Domestic Roles of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Rand Corporation. pp. 59. ISBN 978-0-8330-4680-2. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  9. "The Islamic Republic's 13 generals". Iran Briefing. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Cordesman, Anthony H. (September 1994). "Iran’s Military Forces: 1988-1993". Center for Strategic and International Studies. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  11. "Russian Deputy Defense Minister arrives in Iran". Albawaba. 24 June 2002. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  12. "Rouhani's proposed cabinet line-up". Iran Daily. 6 August 2013. Archived from the original on 16 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  13. "Iran Military to Upgrade Its Shahab-3 Missiles". Tehran. 16 December 2003. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  14. Frederic Wehrey; Jerrold D. Green, Brian Nichiporuk, Alireza Nader, Lydia Hansell, Rasool Nafisi, S. R. Bohandy (2009). "The Rise of the Pasdaran". RAND Corporation. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  15. Lennie, Soraya (4 August 2013). "Iran's revival of the moderates". Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  16. "Iranian Parliament Gives Vote of Confidence to Majority of Rouhani’s Proposed Ministers". Fars News. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  17. "Ex-Iranian Oil Minister Qasemi appointed advisor to Defense Minister". 22 August 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 

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