Group Captain (Dr) Swaim Prakash Singh MSc, M Phil, PhD, psc+

                Senior Fellow

Group Captain (Dr) Swaim Prakash Singh was commissioned into the Indian Air Force in June 1997 in the Administration branch. He is a cat AYE, Master Fighter Controller, qualified Assistant Provost Marshal, and AWACS Mission Commander with over 1000 hours of flying and Directing Staff at the prestigious Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

He is an alumnus of DSSC Wellington and served as Directing Staff (psc+) for two years. The officer was part of the Tri-Services Indian Expert team to review the course curriculum of the Command and Staff College of Tanzania in 2016. He was instrumental in achieving a significant diplomatic feat in opening the Indian Armed Forces Training Team (IAFTT) at C&SC Tanzania, which commenced functioning in 2017. He has also been to Israel, Russia, and China. The officer has been commended by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of HQ Western Air Command in 2006 and by the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff in 2016.

The officer holds an MSc, M Phil, PhD and psc+ in Defence and Strategic Studies. He has been writing on various issues related to defence, aerospace power, and international relations. His articles have found a place in peer-reviewed prominent journals of CAPS, MPIDSA, IIPA and booklets of Indian Army and the MoD. He has co-edited a book “Indian Air Force in its Centennial Decade” released in Jun 2023.

The scholar warrior is currently employed as a Senior Fellow at the New Delhi-based think tank, the Centre for Air Power Studies.


Published Articles

Web Articles 26, 2021 | Caps India
  1. Act Africa – A Case for Soft Diplomacy” Africa Trends, Vol 7, Issue 1, January-June 2018 (IDSA)
  2. Liberalized Drone Policy Calls for Strict Air Space Management Mechanism” Issue Brief. November 2021 (CAPS)
  3. Indian Air Power on Rajpath” In Focus. 26 January 2022 (CAPS)
  4. “Commercialisation of Air Power through Drones” In Focus, June 10, 2022 (CAPS)
  5. “Agnipath: Not Defence but a Social Reform” Expert View,June 20, 2022 (CAPS)
  6. “Indian Air Power Overseas” In Focus, July 15, 2022 (CAPS)
  7. “Air Power as a tool Political Signaling” Expert View, Aug 10, 2022 (CAPS)
  8. “Prioritisation of AWACS for the IAF” Expert View, Aug 31, 2022 (CAPS)
  9. “4C Battlespace is the New Norm” Expert View, Sep 26, 2022 (CAPS)
  10. An Alert, Aggressive, and Agile Indian Air ForceIn Focus, October 09, 2022 (CAPS)
  11. ISTAR-Aircraft Another Essentials for IndiaIn Focus, October 09, 2022 (CAPS)
  12. Reposing Faith in MONUSCO” Africa Trends, Magazine, Jun-Dec 2022 (IDSA)
  13. “Exploring Air Power in India-Australia Military Diplomacy” Issue Brief. March 17, 2023    (CAPS)
  14. “Centralised Command, Distributed Control and Decentralised Execution” Expert View, March 30, 2023 (CAPS)
  15. “Theatre or Integrated – Future Commands” In Focus, July 31, 2023 (CAPS)

Journal Papers 26, 2021 | Caps India

  1. Revival of SAARC: An Attempt Worth Making” Defence and Diplomacy Journal. Vol.11, no.1, October-December 2021. (CAPS)
  2. India-Africa Security Cooperation: Strategies for Revival” Bihar Journal of Public Administration, Vol XVIII, No 2 July -December 2021 of Indian Institute of Public Administration. (IIPA)
  3. Integrated Theatre Command: Perspective from the Field” Air Power Journal, Vol.17, no.1, Spring 2022, January-March 2022. (CAPS)
  4. India-Africa Defence Cooperation: Moving beyond Engagement” Defence and Diplomacy Journal. Vol.11, no.2, January-March 2022. (CAPS)
  5. Recalling Air Power in the Indian Context” Journal of Defence Studies, Vol. 16, No. 2, April-June 2022 (MPIDSA)
  6. Contemporary Technology in Peacekeeping Operations Journal of Defence Studies, Vol. 16, No. 3, July-September 2022 (MPIDSA)
  7. AWACS: Enabler to Orchestrator of Air Operations” Air Power Journal, Vol.17, no.3, Monsoon 2022, July-September 2022. (CAPS)
  8. “Concerns for Drone Proliferation in India and the Challenges to Air Space Management” Journal of Defence Studies, Vol. 16, No. 4, October-December 2022 (MPIDSA)
  9. Russo-Ukraine War: A Dozen Lessons for India” Air Power Journal, Vol.17, no.4, Monsoon 2022, October-December 2022. (CAPS)
  10. “Mitigating 4C Battlespace with 4R Approach” Blue Yonder Journal. Inaugural Issue, January-June 2023. (CAPS)
  11. “Future Battlefield: Analysing the Need for Techno Commanders” Indian Army Northern Command Techno Commander Seminar Mar 2023. (IA-NC)
  12. “India Australia Defence Cooperatipon” Defence and Diplomacy Journal. Vol.12, no.2, January-March 2023. (CAPS)
  13. Indian Military Airbase in Africa: A Futuristic Vision” Air Power Journal, Vol.18, no.2, Summer 2023, April-June 2023. (CAPS)

Book Chapters 26, 2021 | Caps India

  1. “OTH Radar: A Necessity for the Indian Skies”Asian Defence Review, KW Publishers, August 2022 (CAPS)
  2. “India-Africa Defence Cooperation: Moving Beyond Engagement” Army Chiefs Conclave Commemorative Booklet by MoD (AFIDEX 2023) March 2023
  3. “Exploiting Air Power Beyond the Continent: Challenges and Opportunities” IAF in its Centennial Decade, KW Publishers, June 2023 (CAPS)
  4. “Changing IAF Dynamics” Asian Defence Review, KW Publishers, June 2023 (CAPS)
  5. “Integrated Air Power in the Indian Ocean Region” Air Power and the Strategic Balance: The Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, KW Publishers, August 2023 (CAPS)
  • Book Chapters

  • IAF in its Centennial Decade” Co-editor, KW Publishers, June 2023 (CAPS)