Ajey Lele

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

    Robot now, Human Later: America’s Mars Dream

    The US will undertake a manned mission to Mars to once again demonstrate its supremacy as well as to demonstrate the limitations of China’s rise.

    August 09, 2012

    Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Conflict

    It is expected that the Syrian inventory could contain several thousand aerial bombs filled mostly with the chemical agent Sarin, and between 50 and 100 ballistic missile warheads.

    July 30, 2012

    Challenging China’s Rare Earth Monopoly

    Over the last few years, realizing the dangers of Chinese monopoly, countries like India, Japan and Vietnam have started collaborating in Rare Earth Elements, while North America countries are planning to increase investments in this sector.

    July 19, 2012

    Should India Conduct an ASAT Test Now?

    A decision to conduct an ASAT test has to be a nuanced one considering the strategic advantages such a test could offer and the diplomatic elbow room that it would give during negotiations on a space arms control mechanism.

    July 11, 2012

    Deliberating the Space Code of Conduct

    Ajey Lele argues that, in its present avatar, the International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities is not capable of realizing its stated aim fully because it lacks an accountability mechanism.

    June 29, 2012

    Space Code of Conduct: Inadequate Mechanism

    The EU’s Code of Conduct has been advertised as a mechanism to preserve the sustainability and security of space, but it is difficult to comprehend how a non-binding and voluntary mechanism could help achieve this.

    June 18, 2012

    Panetta’s Prescription for New Directions in US-India Defence Relations: Cyber and Space Security

    There is an ongoing global competition to gain dominance in the space and cyber domains; while going it alone might be the best policy, collaboration with clearly laid out guidelines and end-goals is not without its benefits.

    June 08, 2012

    India Launches Radar Satellite

    ISRO has done its job and now the onus lies on other agencies to make appropriate and timely use of the inputs that will be provided by RISAT-1.

    April 27, 2012

    North Korea’s Rocket Fails

    Without getting into any a debate about whether the satellite launch was actually a missile test or not, the US should make an offer to help North Korea launch a satellite in order to foster sustained engagement with Pyongyang

    April 16, 2012

    China's White Papers on Space: An Analysis

    China's space programme is not only an attempt to demonstrate technological or military superiority, but is aimed at achieving great power status.

    January 20, 2012

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