“Future of Air Power in India”

NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meeting

Topic: “Future of Air Power in India”

Speaker: Air Cmde Ramesh V Phadke (Retd)
Freelance Researcher, Bengaluru

Chairperson: Prof. Rajaram Nagappa
   Visiting Professor, International Strategic and
Security Studies, NIAS

Date: 27th January, 2016

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS

All are cordially invited

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Abstract: In over a century since the first manned flight air power has made spectacular progress. In every conflict since World War II it has played an increasingly significant role but despite this it has remained somewhat esoteric to the lay person. Even those linked to national security establishments and indeed Naval and Army members the role of air power in war and peace continues to pose serious questions. Many knowledgeable people think it is best used in support of surface forces; some think it is escalatory while others consider it unreliable, unsustainable and excessively expensive and hence perhaps unaffordable. This brief interaction today is aimed at finding answers to some of these issues and looks at the likely course of air power development in India.

About the speaker: Air Cmde Ramesh V Phadke (Retd) was commissioned in the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force in June 1967. He commanded a fighter squadron and three operational air force stations. He has a Master's degree in Defence Studies from Madras University, is an A2 Flying Instructor and is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College Wellington where he has also served as an instructor. He also served as a Flying Instructor at the Iraqi Air Force College, Tikrit from June 1982 to August 1984.

He was a Senior Fellow and Member, Air Force at the Institute for Defence Studies and Anlyses (IDSA) New Delhi from 1999 to 2002 and Advisor (Research) in 2009-10. He held the Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee Chair in 2002-03 at the United Service Institution of India (USI) New Delhi and was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University in 2001. His first book, China's Power Projection, was published by Manas Publications New Delhi in 2005 under the aegis of the USI and the second book Air Power and National Security IAF Evolution, Growth and Future published by IDSA/Pentagon Books in September 2015.  He has also taught at the Air Force College Brunei and Malaysian Aviation Academy at Malacca.

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 For further details, please contact Prof. Sangeetha Menon [
prajnanata@gmail.com or smenon@nias.iisc.ernet.in], Coordinator for
Wednesday Discussion Meetings.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016