Strategic Technologies Centre

Space Awareness: A Need for a Multilateral Mechanism

September 2013

This article discusses the utility and limitations of existing space surveillance networks to address the issue of spaceflight safety and proposes a way forward.

National Cyber Security Policy 2013: An Assessment

August 26, 2013

The public-private partnership and emphasis on research and development are the key features of the document calling for collaborative engagements and operational cooperation with industry and academia.

Locked in LOC: Exploring Cyber Offensive Option for India

August 20, 2013

India’s niche military and intelligence technologies in the field of cyber, space, robotics and jamming can have potential deterrence value and a ‘war minus’ option against Pakistan.

Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant: How Safe is Safe Enough?

August 2, 2013

The Koondankulam plant has finally attained criticality but doubts will continue to be raised about the safety of the reactors. What do nuclear risk assessment methods tell us about the possibility of future accidents at KKNPP?

India Enters New Era of Space Navigation

July 8, 2013

One of the biggest advantages of the navigational satellite, once the system gets fully operational, is to reduce the dependency on the GPS. This would make India largely self-sufficient in the navigational field.

Cyber Security Dilemma

June 18, 2013

Any cyber architecture can be viewed as a doubled edged sword – either ignore it and be exposed or use it to one’s advantage. Cyber espionage is here to stay.

CWC and OPCW: Future Course and Challenges

January-June 2013

In the last few years, the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) originally designed to eliminate chemical weapons, has paid attention also towards economic and technological developments and assistance and protection against chemical weapons with the help of international cooperation and assistance.

Accomplishments in the Elimination of Chemical Weapons - A Fact Sheet

January-June 2013

Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) that was signed in January 1993 and came into force in 1997 could now be viewed as the most successful arms control mechanism. However, with eight countries still not signatory to the CWC and with approximately 25% of declared weapons stockpile remaing undestroyed as yet, the CWC is still a work in progress.

Syria and WMD: Deepening Uncertainty

June 3, 2013

Even as the uncertainty over the alleged use of chemical weapons use in Syria deepens, the cautious US response to the situation has been conditioned by the lack of viable military options as well as its Iraq war experience.

Outer space comes closer to a regime

May 20, 2013

The Group of Government Experts need to take into consideration complex and inter-related concerns of space activities before formulating the Transparency and Confidence Building Measures. The need is to have an effective mechanism and not an accommodative one.

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