Air Commodore(Retd) Jasjit Singh is a former Director of Operations of the IAF and former Director of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses(IDSA). He has published extensively and is the author and editor of more than two dozen books on strategic and security issues of South Asia, including - Air Power in Modern Warfare; Non-provocative Defence; Nuclear India; Kargil 1999: Pakistan's Fourth War for Kashmir; and India's Defence Spending: Assessing Future Needs. Dr Jasjit Singh is also a visiting lecturer at defence and war colleges in India and abroad. He was member of the International Commission for a new Asia, consultant to the Standing Committee of Defence of the Parliament; Adviser and Member of National Security Advisory Board.
During the Indo-Pak war in December 1971, Sqn Ldr Jasjit Singh flew a number of operational missions over heavily defended enemy areas. Inspite of heavy ground opposition, he pressed home his attacks and destroyed a number of enemy tanks, gun positions and bunkers.
Throughout the operations, Sqn Ldr Jasjit Singh displayed gallantry, determination and devotion to duty of a high order. For this he was awarded the Vir Chakra. He retired from the IAF in 1988.