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Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS)

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Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) was established in 2001 as an autonomous defence research and analysis body for studies, research and focused analyses of issues related to national security, defence, and aerospace issues in the evolving strategic and international security environment. Its objective is to facilitate greater understanding of these issues amongst the Armed Forces, the public and also improve policy generation and decision-making through research in such vital fields.

CAPS is governed by a Trust, named Forum for National Security Studies, an independent non-profit, non governmental body. The Board of Trustees which guides the activities of CAPS, is headed by Shri MK Rasgotra, former Foreign Secretary as Chairman, Capt. Ajay Singh, Vice President (Ops) Jet Lite Airways, FID Examiner DGCA, and former Deputy Director Air Defence, IAF as managing Trustee and comprises Shri NN Vohra, former Defence and Home Secretary, Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi, former Chief of Air Staff, Shri Sanjaya Baru Editor–in–Chief Business Standard and former Press Advisor to the Prime Minister, and Director General of CAPS Air Marshal Vinod Patney.

CAPS has a multidisciplinary faculty  with rich expertise in security and defence fields, who undertake quality research work in analysing the complex multi – dimensional trends in warfare, with special focus on air and space power, deployment of airpower for civil and military purposes, doctrines and strategies, and non-traditional security issues of environment, energy security and military history.

The research scholars are selected from amongst senior retired and serving Armed Forces officers from the three services, foreign service, DRDO and national intelligence agencies who have deep domain and professional knowledge in the strategic field. CAPS also conducts brief orientation capsules for Armed Forces and officers of security and technological organisations.

 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Chairman

Shri M.K. Rasgotra, Former Foreign Secretary

MEMBERS

Dr. Sanjaya Baru, Senior Research Professor, CPR, Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy, International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), former editor in Chief of Business Standard and former Media Adviser to PM

Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi PVSM, AVSM, VM (Retd), Former Chief of Air Staff

H.E. N.N.Vohra, Governor J&K, Former Principal Secretary to the PM, Former Defence Secretary, Former Home Secretary (On Leave)

Air Marshal Vinod Patney SYSM PVSM AVSM VrC  (Retd), Director General CAPS

Secretary Defence  (Finance) Ministry of Defence (Ex - Offico)

Managing Trustee: Capt. Ajay Singh, Vice President (Ops) Jet Lite Airways, FID Examiner DGCA, and former Deputy Director Air Defence, IAF 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Chairman    

Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi PVSM, AVSM, VM (Retd), Former Chief of Air Staff

MEMBERS   

Shri G. Parthasarathy, IFS, Former Ambassador

Shri Vinod K. Mishra, Former Secretary Defence (Finance)

Rear Admiral R. B. Vohra VSM (Retd.)

Air Marshal KK Nohwar PVSM VM (Retd)
Additional Director General, CAPS

Member Secretary: Air Marshal Vinod  Patney, SYSM PVSM AVSM VrC (Retd.), Director General CAPS.