VICE ADMIRAL (RETD.) PRADEEP CHAUHAN, Director, National Maritime Foundation & Adviser, Ananta Aspen Centre is an alumnus of India’s National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College, College of NavalWarfare and the National Defence College, Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan retired in December 2013 after an extremely distinguished four-decade-long career in the Indian Navy. His extensive command and staff experience at sea and ashore has honed his criticalthinking to a fine edge at the strategic, operational and tactical levels. Admiral Chauhan has been twice commended by the Chief of the Naval Staff and three times by the President of India for sustained distinguished service of an exceptional order. A respected and widely-read author, he has had numerous articles and papers published in a variety of magazines and professional journals in India and abroad. He is also a leadership-mentor, a powerful motivator and an incisive analyst — all of considerable repute.