Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd)

Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd)

Distinguished Fellow

Email: arunp2810@yahoo.com

Admiral Arun Prakash retired as India’s 20th Naval Chief and Chairman Chiefs of Staff in end-2006.  An aviator by specialisation, during his 40 year career, he commanded a carrier-borne fighter-squadron, a naval air station and four warships; including the aircraft-carrier INS Viraat. He has also logged over 2500 hours in fighters, patrol aircraft and helicopters.
 
In flag rank he commanded the Eastern Fleet, the National Defence Academy, the Andaman & Nicobar Joint Command and the Western Naval Command.  On staff, he served as the head of the Aviation and Personnel Branches of the navy and as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff. During his tenure at the helm, the navy saw many initiatives being launched in the fields of doctrine, strategy, transformation and foreign maritime cooperation.
 
He is a graduate of the IAF Test Pilots School, Defence Services Staff College and the US Naval War College. During the 1971 War, he was awarded the Vir Chakra while flying with an IAF fighter squadron in the Punjab.
 
Post-retirement, he served two terms as a member of the National Security Advisory Board and was Chairman of the National Maritime Foundation. He served on the 1999 Arun Singh Task force as well as the Naresh Chandra Committee on national security reforms. He lives in Goa, and writes and speaks on strategic and security related topics.

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    India's national interests must not be subsumed by politically-motivated, competitive machismo masquerading as patriotism

    Date: March 04, 2019

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  • East meets east

    East meets east

    Date: October 27, 2018

    India-Japan ties are warming up but expectations from Modi-Abe discussions must remain anchored in reality

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  • Who defends the defenders?

    Who defends the defenders?

    Date: August 22, 2018

    Serving soldiers have approached SC over AFSPA. They must not be made to pay for governments’ failures.

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  • Reappraising India-US

    Reappraising India-US

    Date: April 14, 2018

    Defence cooperation remains high on rhetoric, short on delivery. Both South Block and Capitol Hill need to do more to revitalise …

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  • Denouement at Doklam: India must take long-term measures

    Denouement at Doklam: India must take long-term measures

    Date: August 30, 2017

    By Admiral Arun Prakash ( Retd) , Distinguished Fellow, DPG Accustomed as we are to shrill hyperbole in India's public …

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  • Look before you escalate

    Look before you escalate

    Date: September 26, 2016

    "Cry havoc! And let slip the dogs of war!" exclaims Mark Antony at the funeral of Julius Caesar in an attempt to rouse …

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