Air Marshal Diptendu Choudhury, PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM, is a former Commandant of the National Defence College, New Delhi. An experienced pilot with over 5000 sorties on fighters, he has commanded a fighter squadron, IAF’s prestigious Tactics Air Combat Development Establishment, two frontline fighter wings, and has extensive experience in the development and execution of air operations at Command, Air Force and Joint Operations levels. He has been the Senior Air Staff Officer of WAC, Air Defence Commander of two operational Commands, AOC of IAF’s Composite Operational Battle Response and Analysis Group, as well as the ACAS Inspections, and Director Air Staff Inspections and Operational Planning and Assessment Group. Actively involved in policy and doctrine formulation, Air Strategy development, International Defence cooperation, has led three international air exercises with US, France and UAE, and was a part of Def Secy level talks to Israel and China. An MA from Kings College (UK) in International Security and Strategy, M Phil in National Security and Defence, and PhD from Osmania University, he is a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies, and an avid air power scholar and writer.

Contributions 
Russia’s Military Understanding of Air Power: Structural & Doctrinal Aspects The fog of war continues to hangover Ukraine even after eighty days, especially with facts difficult to discern amongst the information war running in parallel, biased reportage, and contradictory narratives based on the wide swath of international p...

Russo-Ukraine War: Air Power Analysis The inexplicably constrained role of the Vozdushno-kosmicheskiye sily (VKS) or the Russian Aerospace Force till now has left all followers of the conflict confused. Given the disparity in the inventorysize and quality of assets, between the sm...

The Absence of Air Power in India’s Security Narratives India’s security narrative of the region has been largely driven by the coercive diplomacy which China has chosen to pursue as a part of its national security strategy. Border stand offs in Arunachal in the near recent past and Ladakh currently, un...

AIR DEFENCE IS EVERYWHERE Introduction The term Air Defence (AD), is simplistically understood by most as defence of a nation’s territory from an enemy’s air attacks. For a professional air power practitioner however, AD today means much more. It encompasses a...

VIF Papers 
Security Vision 2047: A Hundred Years since Independence … India must become the bulwark of an alternative Asian and international security system … in this context India’s continental threat gravitates on the defensive construct of ‘not ceding an inch of territory,’ and limited-depth offensives....

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