Senior IPS officers Samant Kumar Goel has been appointed as the director of Research and Analysis Wing while Arvind Kumar will be the new Intelligence Bureau chief. Both Goel and Kumar have a strong intelligence background, with Goel first having served in R&AW in 2001 and Kumar having been with IB since 1991. Goel is from Punjab cadre, and Kumar is from Assam-Meghalaya cadre.