Capt (Dr) Gurpreet S Khurana

  Designation: Executive Director

Bachelor of Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Master of Arts (International Relations). Doctorate in Defence Studies.

Areas of Interest:
Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific Region; India’s maritime cooperation with major naval powers; China’s Maritime Strategy and naval power; Maritime-Military Doctrine, Strategy and Operational Concepts; and International Maritime Law.

Current Project:
Maritime Strategy of major Global Powers.
Represents India in CSCAP Study Group on maritime and aeronautical Search and Rescue.

Captain Gurpreet Khurana, PhD, is a missile specialist and a ship’s diver of the Indian Navy. His 28 years of commissioned service include command of two warships, Principal Warfare and Missile Officer of three Missile Corvettes and participation in Op Pawan (Sri Lanka) & Op Vijay (Kargil). His staff appointments include Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence at Naval Headquarters, New Delhi and Staff Officer to Vice Chief of Naval Staff. After commissioning the Fast Attack Craft INS Tarmugli at Port Blair in 2002 as it first Commanding Officer, he joined the IDSA for a five-year Research Fellowship. He is accredited with the first use of the term ‘Indo-Pacific’ (in 2006-07) in context of strategic/ geo-political academic discourse in India. In early 2009, he joined the Maritime Doctrine and Concept Centre (MDCC) at Mumbai. The same year, he was awarded the Naval Chief’s Commendation for revision of Indian Maritime Doctrine (2009). At MDCC, he authored strategy documents and concept papers on India’s Maritime strategy vis-à-vis China and Pakistan, and compiled the first ever Handbook on the Law of Maritime Operations for the Indian Navy in three volumes. He has contributed expert inputs for the formulation of ‘Ensuring Secure Seas: Indian Maritime Security Strategy’ (2015)


'Maritime Forces in Pursuit of National Security: Policy Imperatives for India’ (Shipra Publications, New Delhi; 2008).
‘Porthole’ Geopolitical, strategic and Maritime Terms & Concepts’ (Pentagon Press, New Delhi: 2016)
More than five edited books on China’s Maritime Strategy, Maritime Cooperation and Maritime Perspectives.

About 50 research papers authored since 2004 on various issues relating to maritime doctrine and strategy, maritime security, maritime law, naval power, and naval operational concepts.


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