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  • Ajey Lele

    Senior Fellow
    Email: 
    ajey.lele@gmail.com
    Phone: 
    +91 11 2671 7983

    Group Captain Ajey Lele (Retd.) is Senior Fellow in the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and heads 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 nine books and has also has been an editor for seven books. He is a recipient of 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

      • Publisher: Springer
        2021
      This book is about the strategic relevance of quantum technologies. It debates the military-specific aspects of this technology. Various chapters of this book cohere around two specific themes. The first theme discusses the global pattern of ongoing civilian and military research on quantum computers, quantum cryptography, quantum communications and quantum internet. The second theme explicitly identifies the relevance of these technologies in the military domain and the possible nature of quantum technology-based weapons. This thread further debates on quantum (arms) race at a global level in general, and in the context of the USA and China, in particular. The book argues that the defence utility of these technologies is increasingly becoming obvious and is likely to change the nature of warfare in the future.
      • ISBN: 978-3-030-72720-8 ,
      • Price: EUR 89.99
      Book
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s article, ‘China Destroys the Myth of Asian Space Race’ has been published by Society for Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC), on January 06, 2022.

      The article analyses China’s stellar performance in the space domain despite the ongoing pandemic.

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      January 06, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s article ‘Iran’s satellite launch and JCPOA’ has been published in Financial Express on January 04, 2022.

      On one hand, they (Iran) are arguing for the necessity of removing the US sanctions, which is harming their economy greatly, while on the other hand, they are undertaking missions like launching satellites and raising political temperatures, unnecessarily (or by design), says Gp. Capt. Lele.

      January 04, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s article ‘Military Satellites: India needs to FastTrack’ has been published in Financial Express on November 26, 2021.

      November 26, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s article ‘Russia’s irresponsible ASAT Test’ has been published in Financial Express on November 26, 2021.

      It has been reported that Russia has conducted an anti-satellite test (ASAT) on Nov 15, 2021. The test is known to have generated around 1500 pieces of detectable (trackable) debris in low earth orbit and in addition hundreds of thousands of very small pieces of space debris. The test has come as an unpleasant surprise and has raised much concern about space security, says Gp. Capt. Lele.

      November 16, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s article ‘China and US: Concerns and Interests in Hypersonic Domain’ has been published by the Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC), on October 21, 2021.

      October 21, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s Commentary ‘The Indian Space Association seeks to broaden commercial interests’ was published in ‘The Space Review’ on October 18, 2021.

      October 18, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s article ‘India needs to avoid Moon Trap’ has been published in Financial Express on October, 11, 2021.

      October 11, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele's article 'ISRO's Cryogenic Conundrum' has been published in The Space Review, on August 16, 2021.

      India is just nowhere near to the capabilities of NASA, ESA, Russia, and China and even that of companies like SpaceX. ISRO needs to prioritize its agenda, says Gp. Capt. Lele.

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      August 16, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s article ‘Medical aspects of Space Tourism’ has been published in Financial Express on July 30, 2021.

      It is expected that the type of space tourism, which Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are offering in near future, would make space accessible to the general (rich) public. Now is the time to formulate medical guidelines even for this type of travel. The people who are allowed to travel should be in good health and should not be suffering from heart and blood pressure related complications, says Gp. Capt. Lele.

      July 30, 2021
      IDSA News
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