National Security Council (Sri Lanka)

The National Security Council (NSC) of Sri Lanka is the executive body of the Sri Lankan government that is charged with the maintenance of national security with authority to direct the Sri Lankan military and Police.

National Security Council
Agency overview
JurisdictionSri Lanka
Agency executive


The National Security Council established in June 1999 by an Gazette notification, by President Chandrika Kumaratunga following the military set backs in Operation Jayasikurui taking over direct control of the military from her cousin General Anuruddha Ratwatte, the deputy defense minister. The NSC came to national attention following the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings, in which Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe claimed that although a member, he was not invited to NSC sessions chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena following the 2018 Sri Lankan constitutional crisis.[1]


Structure of the National Security Council[2]
Chairperson PresidentRanil Wickremesinghe
Statutory Members Prime MinisterDinesh Gunawardena
Minister of DefenceRanil Wickremesinghe
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence
General (Retd.) Kamal Gunaratne
Chief of the Defence Staff
Commander of the Army
Commander of the Navy
Commander of the Air Force
Inspector General of Police
General Shavendra Silva
Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage
Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne
Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana
C. D. Wickramaratne
Appointed Members Personnel appointed by the President
Chief of National Intelligence
Director, SIS

See also

  • National security council


  1. "Sri Lanka PM not alerted to warning of attack because of feud: minister". Reuters. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  2. Kumaresan, Arun (22 April 2019). "Easter Sunday Bombing: Questions To Minister Of Defence, Law & Order Of Sri Lanka". Colombo Telegraph. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
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