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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. Krish

    One cannot disagree with the articulation made by Rear Adm Sudharshan. Q&Q is an important issue and we need PPP model in Defence Production in a big way. Some innovative mechanisms out of box thinking is required to create capacity in Pvt sectors to get into defence production in a big way to enhance Indigenous manufacturing content so that life cycle support is provided by Indian Companies/JVs that is essential to meet any eventuality at any time.

    1. Sudarshan Shrikhande

      Krish, you are right. Actually, we need to have not only private players coming in, but PPP firms as well as PSUs/ DPSUs all working at much greater levels of efficiency and at much deeper levels of commitment than at present. These aspects would be covered in subsequent parts of course. Sudarshan Shrikhande


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