Rear Admiral Sudarshan Y. Shrikhande, AVSM, IN (Retd) retired in 2016 after 36 years in the Indian Navy. In flag rank he headed Naval Intelligence; was Chief of Staff/ SNC; served in HQIDS & Strategic Forces Command among others. He is a post- graduate of the Soviet Naval War College, Indian Staff and Naval War Colleges and of the US Naval War College with highest distinction (2003). In retirement he teaches strategy formulation, military history, operational art, force structuring, RMA, China, the Indo-Pacific, the Peloponnesian War, leadership and ethics in several military as well as civilian institutions. He writes regularly for a few Indian and foreign organisations, is associated with several think tanks and academic institutions. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at the IN’s War College. He has participated in Track 1.5 dialogue with China and the US and in a few national and international conferences. He is studying for a PHD in sea-based nuclear deterrence.