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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.

    North Korea’s ‘Chemistry’ with WMDs

    North Korea has blatantly breached the chemical weapons ‘red line’ in the killing of the half-brother of Kim Jong-un in Kuala Lumpur on February 13.

    March 06, 2017

    Agni-V and Strategic Signalling

    In view of China’s adverse reaction to India’s missile testing, this year’s Republic Day parade could have been used for strategic signalling to arrogant entities questioning India’s ‘strategic autonomy’. Nuclear deterrence is also about demonstration and display of capabilities. If you have it, then flaunt it!

    February 09, 2017

    PSLV launches 20 Satellites in a Single Mission

    PSLV launches 20 Satellites in a Single Mission

    For India, at this point in time, ISRO developing expertise with multiple launch technology is more important from the commercial perspective.

    June 28, 2016

    God forgives, would Google?

    God forgives, would Google?

    At present, the entire debate on ‘right to be forgotten’ is mainly focused on individual freedom and individual rights. However, it is important to look at this issue from a security angle too.

    June 06, 2016

    Cyber Menace and Elections in The Philippines

    Cyber Security

    The cyber-attack on the election commission of The Philippines demonstrates the need for democracies to have a strong cyber security mechanism in place for the smooth conduct of elections.

    May 12, 2016

    India’s Space Security Policy: A Proposal

    India’s Space Security Policy: A Proposal

    It is time India devised a cohesive national policy to guard its interests in space and effectively address existing and emerging challenges.

    April 28, 2016

    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

    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

    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

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