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  • Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele (Retd.) is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.

    Artemis Accords: Unilateralization In Space

    October 24, 2020

    Senior Fellow Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s commentary ‘Artemis Accords: Unilateralization In Space’, co-written with former Policy Analyst, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Shri V. Gopalakrishnan, has been published by Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC) on October 24, 2020.

    The forthcoming 2+2 India-US deliberations: Here’s what to look forward

    October 23, 2020

    Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s article ‘The forthcoming 2+2 India-US deliberations: Here’s what to look forward’ has been published in ‘The Financial Express’ on October 23, 2020.

    Venus: science and politics

    September 21, 2020

    Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt Ajey Lele’s commentary ‘Venus: Science and Politics’ has been published by ‘The Space Review’ on September 21, 2020.

    The recent discovery indicating the possibility of life in the atmosphere of Venus is very exciting news for the scientific community. One can expect that now more research regarding Venus and its atmosphere will be funded, including missions by NASA and other space agencies, writes Gp. Capt. Lele.

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    DRDO’s Success with HSTDV: Hypersonic Missiles in Sight

    September 15, 2020

    Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s Commentary, ‘DRDO’s Success with HSTDV: Hypersonic Missiles in Sight’ has been published by the Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC), on September 15, 2020.

    It is expected that the hypersonic missiles, particularly in the arsenal of the Indian Navy would increase India’s deterrence potential significantly. However, all of this would take almost a decade. DRDO must expedite their research and development in the said field for this technology to fructify as a real gamechanger, writes Gp. Capt. Lele.

    Mars race rhetoric

    August 03, 2020

    Senior Fellow MP-IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s commentary ‘Mars race rhetoric’ has been published in ‘The Space Review’ on August 03, 2020.

    Nations would go to Mars only when they have clarity about their scientific focus and have capacity (both technical and economic) to develop spacecraft for such purposes. It is highly unlikely that, in the 21st century, nations will race against each other to conquer Mars, writes Gp. Capt. Lele.

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    The UAE’s Mars Mission: Lesson for India

    July 22, 2020

    Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s commentary on UAE’s Mars Mission, titled ‘The UAE’s Mars Mission: Lesson for India’ has been published by The Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC), on July 22, 2020.

    The UAE’s Mars agenda is clearly for a podium finish, and there is much for India to learn from this small Arab state. It would be advisable for ISRO to focus on one or two important projects and take them to their logical conclusions instead of trying out too many projects, writes Gp. Capt. Lele.

    Could COVID- 19 Pandemic Lead to Long Term Disruption in Internet Services?

    March 25, 2020

    Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele's commentary on COVID-19 and internet services, titled 'Could COVID- 19 Pandemic Lead to Long Term Disruption in Internet Services?' has been published by Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC) on March 25, 2020.

    Analysing China’s Digital and Space Belt and Road Initiative

    The recently held second Belt and Road forum in April 2019 based on the theme “Shaping a Brighter Shared Future" gained considerable momentum in the world community. BRI has been an ever evolving concept that has changed considerably since its inception in 2013. It has generated a blend of optimism and consternation around the world.

    Should India pursue a Space Force?

    May 13, 2019

    Senior Fellow, IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s article on India’s space agenda, titled ‘Should India pursue a Space Force?’ has been published in The Space Review on May 13, 2019.

    India’s ASAT test has provided an opportunity for the country to recalibrate its defense structures. It’s now clear that India needs to establish the fourth arm of its defense structure, the Indian Space Force, writes Gp. Capt. Lele.

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    India makes strides towards space security

    May 04, 2019

    Senior Fellow, IDSA, Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele’s article on India’s space programme, titled ‘India makes strides towards space security’ has been published in East Asia Forum on May 04, 2019.

    India has a vibrant space programme and is keen to use space for developmental and commercial purposes. In the coming decades there could be a ‘space race for resources’ with asteroid mining becoming a reality. India needs to ensure that all treaties in the space domain are fair, writes Gp. Capt. Lele.

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