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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. RAdm Surendra Ahuja, VSM (Retd)

    Adm Shrikhande makes a valid point. Services and MoD must examine this suggestion in details and seriously consider implementing it. There will, of course, be initial issues that will bring a lot of trouble (just as the author has identified) but that shouldn’t become the reason for preference for status-quo.

  2. Col N Sitaramaiah

    An excellent ,thought provoking analysis & apt recommendation to switch over to annual intake in mil academies. This stands validated through the Navy for the last 35 yrs.
    The last 2/3 paras of *Studies matter* , *Read to Lead* & the intent in the credo *Cradle of Ldrship* really sums up well.
    I am in agreement in totality to the last word

  3. Col MS Mahsl

    A well analysed article by Raer Adm Shrikhande.
    A few hiccups like,
    # MS matters – double the no of officers of same passing out dates will pose promotion plg, placement plg.
    # Units low in str of officers especially in Fd areas will have to wait for full year for YOs postings.
    # Break every six months for NDA and IMA cadets still needed which could be planned as these academies are physical intensive and not only academic institutes.
    # Intakes can be in Jul immediately after Schooling/ College sessions as already mentioned.


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