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  • Ajey Lele

    Senior Fellow
    Email: 
    ajey.lele@gmail.com
    Phone: 
    +91 11 2671 7983
    Archive data: Person was Senior Fellow at MP-IDSA till April 2022

    Group Captain Ajey Lele (Retd.) was 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

    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp Capt Ajey Lele’s article ‘Indo-Israel quantum technology collaboration with military focus’ has been published in the ‘Financial Express’ on 08 April 2022.

      In this era of Industry 4.0, it is important for India’s defence establishment to use various available resources to ensure that Indian armed forces benefit from the ongoing quantum revolution, says Gp Capt Lele.

      April 08, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp Capt Ajey Lele’s commentary ‘Russia-Ukraine Conflict amid the "Fog" of WMDs’ has been published by the Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC) on 29 March 2022.

      March 29, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp Capt Ajey Lele’s article ‘Ukraine Invasion: End of the US-Russia space bonhomie?’ has been published in Financial Express on 27 February 2022.

      The head of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, has tweeted that the International Space Station (ISS) could fall out of orbit and crash into the US or Europe as a result of sanctions on Russia, says Gp Capt Lele.

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      February 27, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp Capt Ajey Lele’s article ‘Chandrayaan- 3 to Gaganyaan: ISRO’s footprint for 2022 – money and missions’ has been published in Financial Express on 08 February 2022.

      During 2022, ISRO would be undertaking eight Launch Vehicle Missions, seven Spacecraft Missions, and four Technology Demonstrator Missions, says Gp Capt Lele.

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      February 08, 2022
      IDSA News
      • 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
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