Corneliu Dobrițoiu is a Romanian General in Army Reserves, former Minister of National Defence between Mai and December 2012.
Mr. Dobritoiu graduated the “Nicolae Bălcescu” Land Forces Academy in 1977, later working as an officer in the Bucharest 1st Mechanized Regiment, being promoted from Platoon Commander, to Company Commander, Deputy Chief of Research Bureau and Battalion Commander at the Bucharest Military Medicine Institute.
In 1993 he graduated the Academy of High Military Studies, being appointed Chief of 2nd Mechanized Regiment Research Bureau. Between 1993 and 1994 he was the Deputy Chief of 57 Tank Division Research Bureau. From 1994 he worked in the operative structure of the National Defence Ministry as politico-military analysis expert.
In 1995 Mr. Dobritoiu graduated the College of International and Security Studies within “George C. Marshall” European and Security Studies Centre, in the same time being the Team Chief of Romania Military Contact Team within Romanian – American Cooperation Program „Mil-to-Mil”.
Between 1995 and 1996 he was the Chief of the International Contact Point Bureau for the International Military Relations in the National Defence Ministry, later being appointed Chief of the International Military Relations Evaluation Section.
Between 1998 and 2000 Mr. Dobritoiu became General Staff Officer at the Cooperation and Regional Security Division, NATO International Military Staff, Brussels.
Returning to Romania, Corneliu Dobritoiu was promoted Chief of Euro-Atlantic Integration and International Military Division of National Defence Ministry.
In 2004 he finished the courses for ambassadors and generals offered by NATO College of Roma and in 2015 the Defence Management courses of Monterey Naval Postgraduate School.
In 2014, Corneliu Dobritoiu was appointed Deputy Secretary of State at the National Defence Ministry and in 2016 Secretary of State and Chief of Defence Policy and Planning Division of the National Defence Ministry.
Corneliu Dobritoiu became Brigade General in December 2002, Major General in December 2004 and in May 2006 Lieutenant General in Army Reserve.
In 2000, he was awarded Romania’s highest civil Order, the National Order the Star of Romania in rank of Knight.