Articles By Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.)

Mother of All Bombs: A New Age Weapon of Mass Destruction?

Mother of All Bombs: A New Age Weapon of Mass Destruction?

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 18 Apr , 2017

The term Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) was probably used in the print media for the first time following the uproar over Germany’s aerial bombardment of the Basque city of Guernica in April...

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North Korea’s ‘Chemistry’ with WMDs

North Korea’s ‘Chemistry’ with WMDs

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 07 Mar , 2017

Post the 2003 Iraq war, the debate regarding weapons of mass destruction (WMD) was confined mostly to the realm of nuclear weapons for more than a decade. The perception that WMDs are not for...

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Agni-V and Strategic Signalling

Agni-V and Strategic Signalling

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 13 Feb , 2017

Is China feeling threatened by India’s Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capabilities? The way it has reacted to India’s recent back-to-back successful testing of Agni-IV and V, it...

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China’s 2016 Space White Paper: An Appraisal

China’s 2016 Space White Paper: An Appraisal

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 08 Jan , 2017

On December 27, 2016, China’s State Council published a White Paper on “China’s Space Activities in 2016”. This is the fourth white paper on issues concerning China’s activities in the outer...

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Cyber Menace and Elections in the Philippines

Cyber Menace and Elections in the Philippines

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Date: 20 May , 2016

A controversial political leader, Rodrigo Duterte, has won the recently held presidential elections in The Philippines. He had undertaken an extremely inflammatory campaign, propagating draconian...

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India’s Space Security Policy: A Proposal

India’s Space Security Policy: A Proposal

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Date: 05 May , 2016

Several advancements made in the field of space technology over the last few decades have significantly benefitted mankind. Today, space technology is considered critical to human survival and...

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Satellite for SAARC: Pakistan’s Missed Opportunity

Satellite for SAARC: Pakistan’s Missed Opportunity

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Date: 21 Apr , 2016

Recently, Pakistan’s high commissioner in Delhi Abdul Basit announced that the peace process between India and Pakistan stands suspended. Over the years the India-Pakistan bilateral talk process...

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Bows, Arrows and Nuclear Weapons

Bows, Arrows and Nuclear Weapons

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Issue: Vol 24.4 Oct-Dec 2009 | Date: 14 Sep , 2012

Just few years before India got its independence an unhealthy collision took place between the worlds of physics and politics. In 1945 the Americans nuked Japan. Since then in some parts of the...

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Unmanned Vehicles and Modern Day Combat

Unmanned Vehicles and Modern Day Combat

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Issue: Vol 26.1 Jan-Mar 2011 | Date: 05 Jul , 2012

It is difficult to identify the exact nature of modern day warfare. The notion of modern day warfare is evolving with changing times. However, the purpose of fighting wars has more or less...

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Militarization of Space

Militarization of Space

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Issue: Vol 23.2 Apr-Jul 2008 | Date: 02 Jun , 2011

Use of ‘outer space’ (also referred as ‘space’) to fight wars is not a new idea. Rockets reaching high into the atmosphere was talked about since World War II. The investments made by the...

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Technologies and National Security

Technologies and National Security

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Issue: Vol 24.1 Jan-Mar 2009 | Date: 11 Nov , 2010

The world has witnessed two significant events during last three decades which has changed the contours of global strategic thought. The first being the end of the Cold War and second is the...

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Trends in Space Weaponisation

Trends in Space Weaponisation

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 06 Oct , 2010

The first orbital flight of X-37B (called as USA-212) the United State’s (US) space plane was launched on an Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Apr 22, 2010....

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