Saikat Datta is the former Editor (National Security) with the Hindustan Times, Delhi. He has been a journalist for over 19 years, writing on the intersection between government, policy, security, intelligence and defence. His work has been awarded the International Press Institute award, the National RTI award for investigative journalism and the Jagan Phadnis Memorial award for investigative journalism.
He is also the author of a book on the history and the future of India’s Special Forces, published by the United Services Institution. He has presented and published several academic papers for the National Security Guards, the Indian army’s think tank, the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) and the Indian Air Force’s think tank, the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS).
He is currently working on several cyber security, risk assessment and de-risking projects for Global Corporate Security, an associate company of Reliance Industries Limited. He is also a Visiting Fellow with the Observer Research Foundation, Delhi and a Lead Researcher on a Cybersecurity project with the Internet Democracy Project.