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Rear Admiral Sudarshan Y. Shrikhande , AVSM, IN (Retd)

RADM Shrikhande graduated from the NDA. His qualifications include Masters from the Soviet Naval War College, St Petersburg (1985-88) in ASW and Weapon Engineering; Msc From Staff College(1995), MPhil from the Indian Naval War College and highest distinction from the US Naval War College( 2003). He has served long years at sea, commanded three ships and been defense attaché in Australia and to other South Pacific nations. Ashore he has been commander War Room at NHQ, headed the IN’s Tactical Evaluation Group and was a founding member as a captain of the IN’s Strategy and Operations Council. In flag rank he has been head of Naval Intelligence; Chief of Staff of SNC; Joint HQ staff duties and in the nuclear forces command and Flag Officer Doctrines and Concepts before requesting early retirement in July 2016. As a veteran he continues teaching at several institutions including the NDC, all War colleges and the CDM as well as the NDA and INA spanning strategy, operational art, RMA, Peloponnesian War, Indo-Pacific geopolitics, leadership and ethics. He has participated in Track 1.5 discussions with China and the US and is associated with the Vivekananda International, Observer Research and the National Maritime Foundations, National Security Council Secretariat as well as other institutions.

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  1. Kautilya

    A very cogent article by Rear Admiral Shrikhande on the issues bedeviling the US-2 in particular and India-Japan defence cooperation in general. The most consequential cite, for me, in this article was Japan’s Three principles governing Transfer of Defense Equipment and Tech. It appears that the Japanese are emulating or even outdoing the Americans with their Export Control Regulations. And that makes the Japanese worse than the Americans; the latter atleast lend their geopolitical heft on the global stage while the former are yet to emerge as a force of significant consequence in global geopolitics.

    Finally, a note to Admin: Thank you for providing platform to various senior retired personnel from all the Services to voice their opinions. It is always insightful to read and hear their thoughts on defence matters.

  2. Jeff

    Well here we are in 2022 and this plane in operating every day. Where’s the replacement? The biggest thing the US has failed in with every new piece of equipment that comes out is never relieving the old equipments mission. LCU’s, LCS’s, Ford Carriers. The list goes on while these things get older


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