Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur, retired from the Indian Air Force after 36 years of distinguished service. He is an Experimental Test Pilot from the French Test Pilots School, a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, USA and a post graduate in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University. He has commanded a frontline Helicopter Unit and two Flying Bases, was the Contingent Cdr of the first IAF United Nations Mission in Sudan and has been Head of Training (Air) at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. As Asst Chief of Air Staff, AVM Bahadur was the operational head of Transport and Helicopter Operations of the Indian Air Force for two and a half years. His last assignment while in Service was as Asst Chief of Integrated Defence Staff in-charge of perspective planning and force structure of the Services, where he looked after tri-Service procurement policies and implementation. He writes for leading national newspapers and professional journals. His core interests concern Air Power and Strategic Affairs.
A Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi, AVM Bahadur is presently working on his book ‘ Coercion and Air Power’ .