Air Mshl Javaid Ahmed (Retd)

VC Air University


Time: March 3, 2020
Location: Serena Hotel, Islamabad
Event Type: Conference
Organized By: Team CASS

About Speaker

Air Marshal (Retd) Javaid Ahmed is presently serving as VC Air University. He was director 'Policy and Doctrine' at Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies Islamabad CASS. He holds a Master's Degree in Defense & Strategic Studies from Air War College (AWC) and a Master's Degree in War Studies from National Defense University (NDU), Islamabad. In his 40 years of commissioned service as a fighter pilot with Pakistan Air force, the Air Marshal flew several fighter aircraft and served in senior command and staff assignments. These include command of the prestigious Combat Commanders School (CCS), an operational Base, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Plans), Chief Project Director (CPD) of the JF-17 fighter production program and command of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) KAMRA. His specialist areas of research include analysis of aerospace development policies, doctrine formulation and implementation strategies. In recognition of his meritorious services, the Air Marshal has been decorated with Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military).

TOPIC OF SPEECH: Role of PAF in Sustaining Deterrence

The subject of Cross Domain Coercion and Deterrence can best be described as an art, as well as science having deep impact on strategic stability. The key aim being to manipulate the adversary’s perceptions, shape its decision-making process, and strategic choices, while minimizing the scale of the kinetic element. Enhanced technical prowess in the 21st century coupled with advances in the aerospace domain has provided new modes and techniques for implementing coercive strategies. These theories were put to test and validated by PAF response during the Feb 2019 Pulwama episode. PAF’s prompt and effective action reestablished deterrence and put a dent in the Indian military prowess myth. The talk presents an analysis of the role of PAF in mitigating and deterring threats to National Security in the past few decades and highlights force posturing requirements for the future. The presentation would answer important questions about the varied nature of security threats and PAFs developmental goals which enabled it to meet emerging challenges.