Veteran Air Marshal M Matheswaran  AVSM VM PhD 


Current Positions

President – TPF
EC & Life Member – IDSA
Senior Advisor – FICCI
Chairman – Board of Directors – CSS Pvt Ltd
Visiting Faculty – Naval War College
Adjunct Professor – Dpt of Geopolitics, Manipal University

Past Positions

Deputy Chief of IDS, MOD
Advisor, CMD  HAL
President, Aerospace – Reliance Defence Ltd



PhD – Defence & Strategic Studies  (University of Madras)

M Phil – University of Madras

M Sc – Military Science (University of Madras)

Senior Fellow – National & International Security, Harvard Kennedy School

National Defence College – New Delhi

Defence Services Staff College – Wellington, India

Experimental Test Pilot – Aeronautics & Flight Testing, Indian Test Pilots School, Bangalore



Air Marshal M Matheswaran, an Air Force Veteran, is the founder Chairman and President of TPF. He is the former Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (DCIDS- Policy, Plans, and Force Development) at HQ IDS – Tri Services Command and was the Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO – Deputy C-in-C) of the Eastern Air Command earlier. The Air Marshal has had an active service of 39 years in the Indian Air Force. Commissioned as a fighter pilot in 1975, he has flown more than 40 types of aircraft with vast operational and research experience. He is a graduate of the IAF’s elite Fighter Weapons Establishment, TACDE (Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment), and also an Experimental Test Pilot from the prestigious Flight Test Establishment, ASTE (Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment), and later commanded the Establishment. The Air Marshal has held a number of command and staff appointments such as operations involving Space, EW and Information Warfare, Maritime Air Operations, Air Staff Inspection, Air Staff Requirement, and Concepts and Doctrines for Air War Strategy. He was intimately involved with many Defence projects and has been associated with many Indian military projects involving the Indian military, DRDO, and the industry. He is a founder member of the Nuclear Command. The Air Marshal has MSc in Military Science from the University of Madras, M Phil and PhD in Defence & Strategic Studies, also from the University of Madras. He is a Senior Fellow and alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School’s National and International Security program. He is an Executive Council member of the IDSA – an autonomous think-tank of the MOD. He is a strategic advisor in Defence & Aerospace Business to Indian industries, and is a Senior Advisor on Defence & Aerospace to FICCI (Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry). The Air Marshal is a Visiting Faculty at the Naval War College, Goa . He is also an adjunct professor at the Department of Geopolitics in Manipal University.

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