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  • Ajey Lele

    Deputy Director General
    Email: 
    ddg.idsa@nic.in, ajey.lele@gmail.com
    Phone: 
    +91 11 2671 7983

    Group Captain (Dr) Ajey Lele (Retd.) is the Deputy Director General, MP-IDSA. Earlier, he was a Senior Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and headed its Centre on Strategic Technologies. He started his professional career as an officer in the Indian Air Force in 1987 and took early retirement from the service to pursue his academic interests. He has a Masters degree in Physics from Pune University, and Masters and MPhil degrees in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University. He has done his doctorate from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. His specific areas of research include issues related to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Space Security and Strategic Technologies. He has contributed articles to various national and international journals, websites and newspapers. He has authored ten books and has also been an editor for seven books. He is a recipient of the K. Subrahmanyam Award (2013) which is conferred for outstanding contribution in the area of strategic and security studies.

    Statement at the 22nd Session of the Conference of States Parties (CSP-22) to the Chemical Weapons Convention.
    Ajey Lele at CTC 2017

    Select Publications

    • Deputy Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp Capt Ajey Lele’s article ‘Ariane 6 – Europe’s long-awaited odyssey in space’ has been published in Taazakabarnews.com on 16 July 2024.

      To have a larger pie into the global launch market, ISRO and India’s private space industry need to tie-up with Arianespace. Jointly both agencies can develop a model towards providing commercial launch services in multiple orbits, says Gp Capt Lele.

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      July 16, 2024
      IDSA News
    • Deputy Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp Capt Ajey Lele’s article ‘First anniversary of Chandrayaan-3 mission: When India pioneered landing on lunar south pole’ has been published in First Post on 14 July 2024.

      With the success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission, India became the first country in the world to land near the lunar south pole, says Gp Capt Lele.

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      July 14, 2024
      IDSA News
    • Deputy Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp Capt Ajey Lele’s article ‘Remembering Starfish Prime’ has been published in ‘The Space Review’ on 08 July 2024.

      Starfish Prime was a high-altitude nuclear test conducted by the United States on July 9, 1962. It was reported that the blast had disabled some satellites (around two dozen satellites were operational at the time), including a British bird called Ariel 1, the first ever satellite launched by the United Kingdom, writes Gp Capt Lele.

      July 08, 2024
      IDSA News
    • Deputy Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp Capt Ajey Lele’s opinion piece ‘China-France space partnership soaring to new heights’ has been published in Financial Express on 29 June 2024.

      These recent space endeavors highlight the ongoing partnership and collaboration in space exploration between China and France, says Gp Capt Lele.

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      June 29, 2024
      IDSA News
    • Deputy Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp Capt Ajey Lele’s opinion piece ‘Chang’e-6 spacecraft brings lunar dust to Earth, revealing China’s 'Moon agenda'’ has been published in First Post on 26 June 2024.

      The Chinese are very systematically making progress towards their ambition of sending a human to the Moon by 2030, says Gp Capt Lele.

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      June 26, 2024
      IDSA News
    • Deputy Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp Capt Ajey Lele’s article ‘Putin’s visit to North Korea and Kim’s dream to dominate space’ has been published in First Post on 21 June 2024.

      There could be a trade-off where Moscow provides satellite technology in exchange for military weapons or equipment from Pyongyang, says Gp Capt Lele.

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      June 21, 2024
      IDSA News
    • Deputy Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp Capt Ajey Lele’s article ‘From Deterrence to Defecation: North Korea’s Balloon Beating’ has been published in ‘The Wire’ on 16 June 2024.

      It is important not to dismiss any potential risks regarding the potential threat posed by balloon-based activities. States like South Korea (and Japan) need to remain alert and cautious, says Gp Capt Lele.

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      June 16, 2024
      IDSA News
    • Deputy Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp Capt Ajey Lele’s article ‘Great Power Rivalry in Space’ has been published in NatStrat on 10 June 2024.

      June 10, 2024
      IDSA News
    • Deputy Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp Capt Ajey Lele’s article ‘Space Bonhomie: China Launches Satellite For Pakistan’ has been published by Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC) on 08 June 2024.

      Analyzing Pakistan's historical and current trajectory in space exploration, it appears their reliance on China will likely persist for the foreseeable future.

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      June 08, 2024
      IDSA News
    • Deputy Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp Capt Ajey Lele’s article ‘Agnikul showcased more than ‘rocket science’ has been published in Deccan Herald on 07 June 2024.

      With the launch, Agnikul became only the second Indian private company to do a sub-orbital space launch, after Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace, which launched its Vikram-S rocket in November 2022, says Gp Capt Lele.

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      June 07, 2024
      IDSA News
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