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  • Group Captain Atul Pant

    Research Fellow
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    Group Captain Atul Pant is a Research Fellow at the Military Affairs Centre in the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He is a serving member of the Indian Air Force with 26 years of service. He has served in various capacities in the IAF including instructional tenures and staff appointments at Air Headquarters. His research is focused on Future Evolution of Warfare in Medium Term and Options for the IAF.

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    • The laser-based aerospace defence assets, as and when they are fully developed and deployed, could prove to be a potent deterrent.

      February 07, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • Considering the loss of tactical advantage that would come about by not adopting automation and autonomous weapon systems in future, militaries would invariably be obligated to adopt the concept of full automation while keeping humans on the loop.

      January 24, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • The September 14 strikes targeting Saudi oil refineries demonstrated an exceptional level of mission accomplishment that is possible with drones today. In the coming times, drones are likely to get an increasing share in augmenting the decisive role of air power.

      November 01, 2019
      IDSA Comments
    • The agile acquisition or C2D2 model currently under adoption by the US for its F-35 aircraft is likely to become a necessity for acquisitions in future, as disruptive defence technologies will continue to affect military systems across the world.

      August 06, 2019
      IDSA Comments
    • Since the last decade of the twentieth century, network centricity has profoundly transformed warfighting and the outlook of the military. The next level of the networking ladder is Internet of Things (IoT), which has already started to disruptively change the ways in the civil domain, bringing a considerable autonomy to various processes by linking of a plethora of smart devices that are talking to each other. Militaries, in the near future, are also likely to see similar proliferation of IoT, which will bring a material change to their functioning and conduct of operations.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • National security refers to securing a nation’s citizens, territory, resources, assets, ideologies, institutions, and interests against threats which may emanate from changing geopolitical state of affairs, changing relations between nations, groups, races, sects, advancing technology and changing ideology. In the prevailing complex geopolitical scenario, India’s national security is facing new challenges and acquiring new dimensions with every passing year.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • The Civilian Aviation Requirements for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, though fairly well drafted, constitute only a stop gap measure for regulating drone operations in the civil sector.

      October 31, 2018
      IDSA Comments
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI) is emerging as the most disruptive technology of the current era and is advancing exponentially. AI is growing around the concept of machines acquiring human like intelligence for problem solving. Though still in early evolutionary stage, it is already changing the ways the day to day thing are being done.

      IDSA Occasional Papers
    • Affordability, software domination, reduction in mission costs and risk reduction are some of the advantages swarm technology promises in military campaigns.

      February 15, 2018
      Issue Brief
    • From the days of their inception, remotely piloted aero models (known popularly as drones) have been feared as a means of spreading terror. Recently, the use of drones by terrorist outfits like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State (IS), has seen an increase and this has brought those fears to the fore. Experts fear that the drones have given terrorists a near-perfect solution for spreading terror and a major terror act may be around the corner as legal and illegal drone activities are on the rise.

      Journal of Defence Studies