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  • The Road to 5G: Technology, Politics And Beyond

    Monograph No. 65

    This monograph examines the key technologies behind 5G, the requirements of infrastructure and spectrum, and the emerging landscape with the rise of Chinese telecommunication equipment manufactures. It delves into China’s rise as a key technology provider in the telecommunications sector, and a prime contributor to standards development.

    2019

    To Ban, or Not to Ban Huawei

    Given India’s dependence on imports for 90 per cent of its telecom equipment, the decision to allow Huawei to bid for 5G should be in line with the national interest, rather than taking sides and constraining options.

    April 03, 2019

    Aakash R. Shekhaliya asked: Why is Russia offering quantum technology to India? Is there any strategic consideration to it?

    Munish Sharma replies: The applications of quantum information science are certainly strategic in nature, especially in computing and cryptography. Latest research demonstrates that quantum key distribution can help develop ultra-secure digital communications. Quantum computing can also break the widely used encryption algorithms.

    India’s Tryst with 5G

    A slight push in the right direction would be much more productive and efficient, such as treating telecommunications as a utility rather than a market, and building innovation and IPR ecosystems rather than incentivizing licensed production.

    March 20, 2019

    Saikiran asked: What kind of technology is used by the Naxals to communicate with each other?

    P.V. Ramana replies: The Naxalites/Maoists have used cell phones to communicate with one another. However, in an express instruction, erstwhile general secretary Muppala Lakshmana Rao alias Ganapathy forbade their usage as they are susceptible to interception, which could give away the location of those in communication, as well as operational secrets.

    Disruptive Technologies for the Militaries and Security

    • Publisher: Springer, Singapore
      2019
    This book debates and discusses the present and future of Disruptive Technologies in general and military Disruptive Technologies in particular. Its primary goal is to discuss various critical and advanced elucidations on strategic technologies. The focus is less on extrapolating the future of technology in a strict sense, and more on understanding the Disruptive Technology paradigm. It is widely accepted that technology alone cannot win any military campaign or war. However, technological superiority always offers militaries an advantage. More importantly, technology also has a great deterrent value. Hence, on occasion, technology can help to avoid wars. Accordingly, it is important to effectively manage new technologies by identifying their strategic utility and role in existing military architectures and the possible contributions they could make towards improving overall military capabilities. This can also entail doctrinal changes, so as to translate these new technologies into concrete advantages.
    • ISBN: E-book-978-981-13-3384-2, Hardcopy-978-981-13-3383-5
    • Price: E-book- € 118.99, Hardcover- € 139,99
    2019

    Bharath asked: How is it that India has woefully performed in indigenous defence manufacturing while it has excelled in space and nuclear technology?

    G. Balachandran replies: There were many reasons. But the primary reason was that in the space and the nuclear sector the developers and users were the same. Secondly, they could proceed at their pace. If there were delays or targets not met, there was no question of the users importing since that option was not available.

    The Global Race for Artificial Intelligence: Weighing Benefits and Risks

    India can play an essential role in mitigating the risks and maximizing the benefits on account of rapid growth of AI enabled technologies.

    February 23, 2018

    Artificial Intelligence in Military Operations: Technology, Ethics and the Indian Perspective

    Artificial Intelligence in Military Operations: Technology, Ethics and the Indian Perspective

    After decades of false starts, AI/ Robotics technologies today appear to be at an inflection point, making rapid advancements which are considered significant enough to usher in a new revolution in military affairs

    January 31, 2018

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