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Ajey Lele

Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele (Retd.) is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.

India’s Space Security Policy: A Proposal

April 28, 2016
India’s Space Security Policy: A Proposal

It is time India devised a cohesive national policy to guard its interests in space and effectively address existing and emerging challenges.

Satellite for SAARC: Pakistan’s Missed Opportunity

April 19, 2016
Satellite for SAARC: Pakistan’s Missed Opportunity

SAARC satellite was an opportunity for Pakistan to display its enthusiasm for space cooperation with India, but its strategic calculations appear to have ‘jammed’ its vision.

North Korea: Launching a Satellite to Demonstrate ICBM Capability

February 18, 2016
North Korea: Launching a Satellite to Demonstrate ICBM Capability

North Korea may not have reached the level of expertise to develop an ICBM indigenously. But, in terms of declaration of intent, it has achieved all that it wants.

Rocket Launchers for Small Satellites

February 04, 2016
Rocket Launchers for Small Satellites

The increase in demand for small satellites is not supported by the best launch options. Various existing options have huge limitations. It is believed that ‘proliferation’ of small satellites technology is possible only if reliable and cost-effective launch options are made available.

Facebook’s Free Basics: A Digital Apartheid

January 07, 2016
Facebook’s Free Basics: A Digital Apartheid

Free Basics actually leads to converting the internet, which is supposed to be a global public good, into a ‘controlled’ platform. For some this even amounts to compromising on their ‘human rights’.

PSLV-C29: Demonstrating India’s Growing Space Capabilities

December 22, 2015
PSLV-C29: Demonstrating India’s Growing Space Capabilities

On December 16, ISRO demonstrated its growing capabilities with multiple burn fuel stage/rocket engine. In few years, ISRO is expected to put big primary payloads into different orbits by using a single rocket launcher.

Paris Exposes the Limitations of the West’s Approach to Counter Terrorism

November 18, 2015
Paris Exposes the Limitations of the West’s Approach to Counter Terrorism

Against the backdrop of the Paris attacks, there is a need to introspect about the effectiveness of the approaches adopted by major states to counter terrorism.

Project Loon: Internet via Stratosphere

November 09, 2015

There is a need for India to participate in Project Loon to increase its ‘internet footprint’. The project perfectly fits into the scheme of ‘Digital India’. It could also lead to surge in India’s interest in near-space technologies.

The ‘Road’ to Success for the “Silk Road Initiative” is via Aerospace

October 21, 2015
The ‘Road’ to Success for the “Silk Road Initiative” is via Aerospace

For China, the Belt and Road initiative is a long-term strategy designed for it to assume a bigger role in global affairs through the business route. Various aerial and space-based platforms will play an important in making this strategy successful.

Hacking + Securities Fraud = New Face of Insider Trading

September 02, 2015
Hacking + Securities Fraud = New Face of Insider Trading

Hacker groups have turned their attention to stock markets not just to disrupt operations but also to trade and make financial gains.

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