Capt Sarabjeet Singh Parmar

Senior Fellow, National Maritime Foundation     

An alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA) Kharakwasla, and Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) Wellington, Captain Parmar was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 July 1987. He is a Sea King pilot who has commanded two ships and a frontline Sea King Squadron. He was member of the XI Indian Antarctic Summer Expedition in 1991 and has attended the South Asia Regional Governance and Management Defence Course Conducted by the British Government at Colombo in 2005. He represented the Indian Navy in the first international HOSTAC (helicopter operations from ships other than aircraft carriers) conference held at Norfolk, USA in 2008. He has served as Joint Director Naval Plans in Directorate of Naval Planning at IHQ MoD (Navy). He has been Directing Staff at Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington, where he was responsible for the national strategy and international law modules. He was a Research Fellow at the then Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi from Sep 2010 to July 2014, and looked at maritime strategy and security related issues. Post IDSA he was Director (Strategy) in the Directorate of Strategy Concepts and Transformation at IHQ MoD (Navy) from Jul 2014 to Apr 2016, where as part of the core team revised Indian Navy’s unclassified maritime security strategy document and doctrine. From Apr 2016 to Apr 2018, at the Maritime Doctrines and Concepts Centre, as Director Strategic Maritime Assessment and Doctrine Development he carried out regional maritime assessments and completed the doctrine development plan. He has written extensively on maritime security aspects and presented papers at various national and international conferences. He joined the NMF in April 2018 as Senior Fellow and was the Executive Director from 04 June 2019 to 31 January 2022. He is presently a Senior Fellow at the NMF and looks at maritime strategy and security related aspects in the Indo-Pacific, piracy, and international maritime law with a focus on lawfare.