Akshat Upadhyay

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  • Lt Col Akshat Upadhyay is Research Fellow, Strategic Technologies Centre at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile

    Absorption of Emerging Technologies in Armed Forces

    Critical and Emerging Technologies have become essential components in the modern warfighting domain.

    March 01, 2023

    Role of Semiconductors in India's National Security

    The Indian government has rightly given a clarion call for India to be a Chip Maker rather than a Chip Taker. The requirement of semiconductors in India's national security domain has become critical since they form the substrate of every important activity in the country - from the economic to the military domain.

    Integrated Rocket Force: A Timely Idea

    The Pralay surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 150–500 kms can be the focal point of an Integrated Rocket Force and provide critical deterrent capabilities.

    January 24, 2023

    Counter UAS Technologies for India: A Prognosis

    Unmanned systems pose grave threat to several countries and their interests due to a number of reasons: low barrier of entry into the procurement sector, commercial availability off the shelf (COTS), ubiquity, persistence and low radar cross section (RCS). Due to this, counter drone systems have been either deployed piecemeal or existing air defence systems have been used to fill the gap. The Indian Armed Forces have a very limited experience of dealing with either drones or counter-drone systems in an operational environment. The Jammu attack using improvised drones was a wake-up call.

    October-December 2022

    Embedded Rivalry: Technology as an Arbiter in US–China Great Power Competition

    Technology as an Arbiter of the US–China great power rivalry is starkly visible in both countries' recently released national security documents.

    November 22, 2022

    China-US Tussle Over Semiconductors: What Does It Imply For India And The World

    November 01, 2022

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col Akshat Upadhyay’s article ‘China-US Tussle over Semiconductors: What Does It Imply for India and the World’ has been published in Outlook on 01 November 2022.

    The United States has tightened export controls regarding China with an aim to restrict the export of not just semiconductors to China but to also restrict the manufacturing process itself, says Col Upadhyay.

    Semiconductors & National Security

    October 16, 2022

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Col Akshat Upadhyay’s article ‘Semiconductors and National Security’ has been published in the Def Expo edition of Indian Aerospace and Defence Magazine, on 16 October 22.

    Indian Armed Forces push for integrating niche technologies

    August 15, 2022

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Lt Col Akshat Upadhyay’s article ‘Indian Armed Forces push for integrating niche technologies’ has been published in the Financial Express on 15 August 2022.

    While the gamut of emerging technologies is largely comprising areas seemingly unconnected such as AI, blockchain, VR/AR, 5G connectivity, quantum technology, the aim is to transfer the cognitive load from humans to machines, freeing them to perform higher cognitive tasks and aiding in decision making processes, says Lt Col Upadhyay.

    Facial Recognition Technology and Counter-Terror Operations

    The challenges associated with facial recognition technology (FRT) need to be studied in detail before deploying them in counter-insurgency/counter-terror operations.

    August 05, 2022

    Decimating Democracy in 140 Characters or Less: Pakistan Army’s Subjugation of State Institutions through Twitter

    The Directorate General of Inter Services Public Relations (DG-ISPR), or the Pakistan Army’s media wing has perfected the form of subverting democracy and showcasing the dominant position of the Army in the entire Pakistani polity. This article sets out to prove the same in a quantified manner. By analysing almost 25 tweets from the official account of DG-ISPR in the period 2016 −18, the article tries to quantify, using the Merkel-Croissant model of embedded democracy, the priorities of the Pakistan Army.

    March 2019