Deepak Sharma

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  • Col. Deepak Sharma is Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. <a href="/profile/dsharma">Click here for detailed profile</a>.

    Threats to Space Assets and India's Options

    Threats to Space Assets and India's Options

    Space assets are vulnerable to a variety of threats that include jamming of communications, command and control systems/links, physical attacks on satellites and ground stations, dazzling or blinding of satellite sensors; high-altitude nuclear detonations (HAND).

    China’s Cyber Warfare Capability and India’s Concerns

    The Chinese cyber warfare department’s multiple agencies and individuals are seriously working towards the overall objective of instantly disrupting or at least weakening the adversary’s computer networks so as to paralyse his decision making capability at the very commencement of hostilities. It is very difficult to protect networks from such attacks. The weakest link in cyber security measures are the persons operating the system who often, knowingly or unknowingly, default on cyber security measures.

    April 2011

    Space Capability and India's Defence Communications Up to 2022 and Beyond

    Space Capability and India's Defence Communications Up to 2022 and Beyond

    Military organisations worldwide have steadily increased reliance on space assets for communications, surveillance, and navigation. India has sufficient space capability as compared to China.

    Weaponisation of Space and India’s Options

    During Cold War era, space became an essential adjunct for war-fighting on the ground, without becoming another theatre of combat. While militarization of space proceeded rapidly, the weaponisation of space was avoided. Because the weaponisation of space was avoided during the Cold War, it does not necessarily follow that weaponisation will continue to be avoided in a new era of asymmetric warfare. We can improve protection of satellites against some threats, but satellites will remain easy targets for space weapons designed to kill on impact. Space has been free from warfare.

    July 2010

    Integrated Network Electronic Warfare: China's New Concept of Information Warfare

    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) considers active offence to be the most important requirement for information warfare to destroy or disrupt an adversary's capability to receive and process data. Launched mainly by remote combat and covert methods, the PLA could employ information warfare pre-emptively to gain the initiative in a crisis.

    April 2010