Air Cmde Prashant Dikshit was awarded a Vayu Sena Medal for gallantry during the 1971 War. An alumnus of the National Defence College in New Delhi with an MA in Defence Science from Allahabad University, he was the editor of Salute for eight years. Air Cmde Dikshit commanded Air Force Station Begumpet, Secunderabad as a Group Captain and Air Force Station, New Delhi as an Air Commodore. A well-recognised commentator on strategic issues, he is a life member of the United Services Institution, New Delhi, an armed-forces think tank. He is also a member of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis in New Delhi.