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  • Satellite for SAARC: Pakistan’s Missed Opportunity

    Satellite for SAARC: Pakistan’s Missed Opportunity

    SAARC satellite was an opportunity for Pakistan to display its enthusiasm for space cooperation with India, but its strategic calculations appear to have ‘jammed’ its vision.

    April 19, 2016

    Moving Cyber from the Orbit to the Nucleus of the Nuclear Security Summit

    Moving Cyber from the Orbit to the Nucleus of the Nuclear Security Summit

    Along with physical and system operational security at nuclear power plants, cybersecurity of electronic assets and computer/ICS networks have also become a major concern.

    March 30, 2016

    Bangladesh Bank: The Billion Dollar Breach

    Bangladesh Bank: The Billion Dollar Breach

    Even if the investigations reveal the technical reason behind the breach, issues of jurisdiction, accountability and dearth of international laws governing cyber or money laundering crimes would await another billion dollar breach.

    March 23, 2016

    Lashkar-e-Cyber of Hafiz Saeed

    Terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba are increasingly taking to social media to further widen their outreach. By integrating social media with self-developed android apps, Lashkar is also turning from mere technology user into a product developer.

    March 21, 2016

    North Korea: Launching a Satellite to Demonstrate ICBM Capability

    North Korea: Launching a Satellite to Demonstrate ICBM Capability

    North Korea may not have reached the level of expertise to develop an ICBM indigenously. But, in terms of declaration of intent, it has achieved all that it wants.

    February 18, 2016

    Rocket Launchers for Small Satellites

    Rocket Launchers for Small Satellites

    The increase in demand for small satellites is not supported by the best launch options. Various existing options have huge limitations. It is believed that ‘proliferation’ of small satellites technology is possible only if reliable and cost-effective launch options are made available.

    February 04, 2016

    Dark Web and Encrypted Apps: ISIS Communicates in the Black

    Dark Web and Encrypted Apps: ISIS Communicates in the Black

    As ISIS strives to spread its tentacles in India, it would definitely build up a network of sympathisers and probable recruits, connected digitally with its operatives spread across the globe and available online round the clock.

    February 02, 2016

    Facebook’s Free Basics: A Digital Apartheid

    Facebook’s Free Basics: A Digital Apartheid

    Free Basics actually leads to converting the internet, which is supposed to be a global public good, into a ‘controlled’ platform. For some this even amounts to compromising on their ‘human rights’.

    January 07, 2016

    PSLV-C29: Demonstrating India’s Growing Space Capabilities

    PSLV-C29: Demonstrating India’s Growing Space Capabilities

    On December 16, ISRO demonstrated its growing capabilities with multiple burn fuel stage/rocket engine. In few years, ISRO is expected to put big primary payloads into different orbits by using a single rocket launcher.

    December 22, 2015

    Paris Exposes the Limitations of the West’s Approach to Counter Terrorism

    Paris Exposes the Limitations of the West’s Approach to Counter Terrorism

    Against the backdrop of the Paris attacks, there is a need to introspect about the effectiveness of the approaches adopted by major states to counter terrorism.

    November 18, 2015

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