Captain Sarabjeet S Parmar

Captain Sarabjeet S Parmar

Senior Fellow

Areas of Research

  • Maritime strategy and security in the Indo-Pacific
  • National security and maritime security strategies of various nations
  • Doctrines and Concepts
  • Piracy
  • Lawfare with specific focus on maritime affairs


An alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA) Kharakwasla and Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) Wellington, Capt Parmar was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 87. The officer is a Seaking pilot who has commanded INS Bedi, INS Sharda and INAS 330. 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) and also been Directing Staff at Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington. As a Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi from Sep 2010 to July 2014 he has written on maritime security aspects and presented papers at various national and international conferences. 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 as Director Strategic Maritime Assessment and Doctrine Development carried out regional maritime assessments and completed the doctrine development plan. He has written extensively on maritime security issues and is pursuing PhD at Mumbai University. His thesis will examine the evolving maritime security architecture templates of the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific region. He joined the NMF in April 2018 as Senior Fellow. From 04 June 2019 to 31 January 2022, he was the Executive Director. He is presently Senior Fellow at the NMF.



All Publications



Author: Introduction During his speech on 02 May 2018 at the Garden Island Naval Base at Sydney, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, spelt out his country’s Indo-Pacific Strategy.  The strategy was based on seven pillars and aimed at placing France as an inclusive and stabilising mediating power.[1]  The main principles and objectives of the strategy were amplified […]


Author: Introduction In its 2019 “Indo-Pacific Strategy Report”, the US emphasised preparedness, partnerships, and the promotion of a networked region to realise a free and open, safe, secure, and prosperous region.  Moving ahead, its 2022 Indo-Pacific Strategy document, released in February 2022, visualises the region as free and open, more connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient.  Although […]


Author: Introduction India has been providing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) assistance to nations as “its sense of obligation, and historical experience require it to demonstrate empathy for the victims of disasters in all parts of the world”.[1]  While rendering assistance India respects the sovereignty of the recipient nation by following a model of “direct […]
  • China and India: Maritime Commonalties and Divergences, Journal of Defence Studies Volume 5 Issue 3, July 2011 (Joint Commentary).
  • Somali Piracy: A form of Economic Terrorism, Strategic Analysis Volume 36, No 2, March-April 2012
  • India’s Critical Role in the Resilience of the Global Undersea Communications Cable Infrastructure, Strategic Analysis Volume 36, No 4, May-June 2012 (Joint Commentary)
  • The Maritime Dimension in India’s National Strategy in Krishnappa Venkatshamy and Princy George, eds., Grand Strategy for India 2020 and Beyond (New Delhi: IDSA/Pentagon, 2012)
  • Contributed two chapters towards the military centre project – Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations, Net Security Provider: India’s Out-of-Area Contingency Operations, Military Affairs Centre, October 2012
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) in India’s National Strategy in Robert S Ross and Jo Inge Bekkeveld eds., International Order at Sea: Anti-Piracy and Humanitarian Operations (Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS), 2012, ISBN 978-82-91571-15-7)
  • The Global Challenge of Piracy in Pradeep Kaushiva and Abhijit Singh eds., Indian Ocean Challenges: A Quest for Cooperative Solutions (New Delhi: NMF/ KW Publishers Pvt Ltd, February 2013)
  • Developments in South China Sea in SD Muni and Vivek Chadha eds., Asian Strategic Review (New Delhi: IDSA/Pentagon, 2013)
  • The Arctic: Potential for Conflict amidst Cooperation, Strategic Analysis Volume 37, No 4 July-August 2013.
  • Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean: A Changing Kaleidoscope, Journal of Defence Studies Volume 7 Issue 4, October 2013
  • Rise in Piracy: Case Study Somalia in Ruchita Beri ed, India and Africa: Enhancing Mutual Engagement (New Delhi: IDSA/Pentagon Press 2013)
  • Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean: An Indian Perspective, Journal of Defence Studies Volume 8 Issue 1, January 2014
  • US Pivot to Asia-Pacific: Implications for the Indian Ocean Region in SD Muni and Vivek Chadha eds., Asian Strategic Review (New Delhi: IDSA/Pentagon, 2014)
  • Global Commons, International Treaties, and Order at Sea, Naval War College Journal, Goa, 2015
  • India’s Role in Counter Piracy Operations around Africa: India and Africa: Forging a Strategic Relation (New Delhi: Brookings India Oct 15).
  • Maritime Security and Order at Sea in the Indian Ocean Region in Jo Inge Bekkevold and Geoffrey Till eds., International Order at Sea (London: Palgrave Macmillan 2016).
  • Naval Balance of Power and Freedom of Navigation: Maritime Power Praxis in Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan and Captain (Dr) Gurpreet S Khurana eds., National Maritime Power: Concepts Constituents and Catalysts (New Delhi: NMF/ Pentagon Press 2018).