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January - April 2014

IN FOCUS: JANUARY 2014

WILL US GAINSAY ITS NPT OBLIGATIONS?
Dr. Sitakanta Mishra, Research Fellow, CAPS

30 JAN 2014:
Contrary to what President Barack Obama is proclaiming on nuclear disarmament, a recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report has proposed that the US government spend $355 billion over the next 10 years ...read more

THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR DEAL: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR THE US
Dr. Stuti Banerjee,Research Fellow, ICWA

28 JAN 2014: In November 2013, Iran signed an interim agreement called ‘The Joint Plan of Action’ with the five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany (P5+1), ...read more

CHINA’S FIRST HYPERSONIC VEHICLE GLIDES TO SUCCESS
Kriti Singh, Associate Fellow, CAPS           

28 JAN 2014:
Presenting a tough challenge to the United States hypersonic capabilities, China has successfully tested its first hypersonic missile delivery vehicle, which is capable of penetrating any existing defence system with nuclear warheads...read more

 LASER GUNS: A LEAP IN MISSILE DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY
Arjun Subramanian P, Associate Fellow, CAPS
           
27 JAN 2014:
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srael is making a major leap in missile defence technology by integrating laser guns to its systems...read more

INDIA’S LINGERING CONCERNS OVER TIBET ISSUE
Sana Hashmi, Associate Fellow, CAPS          

24 JAN 2014:More than half-a-century ago, in 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama fled Tibet to take refuge in India after the alleged human rights violations in Tibet...read more

CHINA TARGETS TIBETAN SITES: PREEMPTIVE OR DEFENSIVE?
Simrat Virk, Research Associate, CAPS  
      

24JAN 2014:Keeping in mind that most of the media in China is state-controlled and the information that comes in and goes out undergoes strict government scrutiny- cyber hacking is the latest trend employed by China in Tibet...read more

INDIA STRENGTHENS TIES WITH SOUTH KOREA IN CYBER SECURITY
E. Dilipraj,Research Associate, CAPS

24 JAN 2014:
India and South Korea signed a pack of nine agreements on 16 January 2014 in various fields, including an agreement on Cyber Security... .read more

SINO-JAPANESE PROPAGANDA WAR: NOW IN INDIA
Ankit Kumar,Research Associate, CAPS

22 Jan 2014: Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister and the Republic Day parade honoured guest will only be landing in New Delhi on 25 January 2014 to consolidate the growing Indo-Japanese bilateral relations...read more

AFTER ARIHANT, ARJUN, TEJAS...IT’S AGNI
Kriti Singh, Associate Fellow, CAPS   

21 JAN 2014: As Indian defence apparatus continues to strive for credible deterrence, the recent successful launch of Agni IV is yet another milestone in this direction...
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THE GCNEP: FOSTERING INDIA’S ‘RESPONSIBLE STATE’ IMAGE
Dr. Sitakanta Mishra, Research Fellow, CAPS

20 Jan 2014:
As a part of its endeavour to harness nuclear systems in a safe and secure manner, and address risks relating to physical security of nuclear installations...read more 

MOVING AWAY FROM RUSSIA: IS IT RIGHT CHOICE?
Wg Cdr Raj Mongia, Research Fellow, CAPS           
     
20 Jan 2014:
The thaw in relationship with the United States is perceived to be an asset for India in recent years...read more 

THREE DIMENSIONAL (3D) PRINTING IN AVIATION: HOPE FOR BREAKING THE LOGISTICS SHACKLES
Gp. Capt. Vivek Kapur, Senior Fellow, CAPS

15 Jan 2014:
Aircraft are very complex machines. A modern aircraft is made up of tens of thousands of parts some very small and others quite large...read more

ARE GROWING BUSINESS TIES BETWEEN TAIWAN AND CHINA A PRELUDE TO PEACEFUL UNIFICATION?
Prerna Gandhi, Research Associate, CAPS             

11 JAN 2014: In a speech posted on the presidential website, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou New Year’s address stated that the government needs to end its political stalemate with China to spur economic growth...read more

RIPE TIME FOR INDIA TO EXPLOIT INTERNATIONAL SPACE MARKET
Wg Cdr PA Patil, Research Fellow, CAPS           

10 JAN 2014: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has achieved the long awaited milestone of the successful launch of its rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Development... read more
 

JIMEX IN THE WAKE OF CHINA’S INROADS INTO INDIAN OCEAN REGION
Chandra Rekha, Research Associate, CAPS           

08 Jan 2014:
An interesting emerging contour of India-Japan’s strategic partnership was reflected in the joint naval exercise - Japan and India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX)...read more

IN FOCUS: FEBRUARY 2014

INDO-ISRAEL COLLABORATION FOR INTEGRATED ANTI-MISSILE SYSTEM
Wg Cdr PA Patil, Research Fellow, CAPS           

24 FEB 2014: India and Israel will jointly build an Integrated Anti-Missile System (IAMS) to be deployed against nuclear and conventional missiles...read more

17TH ROUND OF INDIA-CHINA BORDER NEGOTIATIONS: WHAT IT MEANS FOR INDIA
Sana Hashmi,Associate Fellow, CAPS
              
20 FEB 2014: Chinese New Year began on a positive note for India- China bilateral relations. Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Panchsheel Agreement in 2014...read more

AMPHIBIOUS SEAPLANE SALE COULD TRIGGER CLOSER JAPAN-INDIA DEFENCE RELATIONS
Ravinder, Senior Fellow, CAPS

13 FEB 2014:
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India from January 25- 27, 2014 as chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade has led to further strengthening of Japan-India defence relations...read more

SIXTY NINE YEARS AFTER WAR: A GOOD GERMANY; AN UNAPOLOGETIC JAPAN
Ankit Kumar,Research Associate, CAPS

 
13 FEB 2014:
German President Joachim Gauck recently finished his three day long visit of India. His visit comes after the successful high profile visit of Japanese Prime Ministers Shinzo Abe’s...read more

FUTURE AIR POWER EQUIPMENT TRENDS
Gp. Capt.Vivek Kapur,Senior Fellow, CAPS

12 FEB 2014:
It has been reported that the UK’s Taranis unmanned autonomous drone, touted to be the most advanced flying machine ever designed and built by the UK “carried out successful test flights at an undisclosed location, believed to be in the Australian desert, in August last year...read more

US DRAWS THE LIST OF ADVERSARIES FOR CYBER ATTACK THROUGH PRESIDENTIAL POLICY DIRECTIVE – 20
Wg.Cdr MK Sharma,Research Fellow, CAPS           

12 FEB 2014: Recent leak of ‘TOP SECRET/NOFORN’  US Presidential Policy Directive PPD-20  asking National Security Advisor (NSA) to draw list of target nations’ systems, processes and infrastructures...read more

INS VIKRAMADITYA : A BOOST TO INDIA’S POWER PROJECTION CAPABILITIES
Gp. Capt.Vivek Kapur, Senior Fellow, CAPS

10 FEB 2014:
INS Vikramaditya, after extensive refurbishment in Russia, sailed into its home port of Karwar on 07 Jan 2014. This former Soviet “missile cruiser”, at 44,500 tons displacement, is the largest ship ever to be operated by the Indian Navy...read more

SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS: IN THE SHADOW OF TERROR
Chandra Rekha, Research Associate, CAPS


06 FEB 2014:
The recent December bombings in Volgograd not only marked the sixth time that militants have attacked the city but also challenged the security concerns and preparedness of Russia for the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 ...read more

THE U.S. X-51A WAVE RIDER: U.S. GEARS UP FOR PROMPT GLOBAL STRIKE
Debalina Ghoshal, Associate Fellow, CAPS       
                                                                                                                                                    06 FEB 2014:
Technology has advanced to a stage where cruise missiles can now fly at hypersonic speeds also.  The U.S. X-51A Wave Rider is one such hypersonic experimental aircraft ...read more

THUS BLOWS THE NUCLEAR WIND
Dr. Manpreet Sethi, ICSSR Senior Fellow, CAPS           

02 FEB 2014:
We are only two months from completing five years since President Obama made a landmark speech at Prague in which he expressed support for a nuclear weapons free world...read more

INFOCUS: MARCH 2014

NUCLEAR OPPORTUNITIES POST- FUKUSHIMA
Dr. Sitakanta Mishra,Research Fellow, CAPS

31 Mar 2014:
Irrespective of its negative impact on nuclear energy programmes worldwide, the Fukushima nuclear disaster has highlighted a host of technological opportunities...read more

DRONE JOURNALISM: POTENTIAL AND CHALLENGES
Kriti Singh, Associate Fellow, CAPS           

25 Mar 2014:
Today journalism is eyeing another aviation platform, whose use would not only pose challenges but if used judiciously, could open new avenues for news gathering...read more

CHINA CONTINUES DOUBLE DIGIT HIKE IN  DEFENCE BUDGET
Lt. Col (retd.) Rakesh Verma,Research Fellow, CAPS

21 Mar 2014:
China has announced an increase of 12.2 percent in the defence budget for the year 2014 . The increase is largest since 2011...read more

THE CRIMEAN REFERENDUM: SETTING THE STAGE FOR RESTORATION OF RUSSIA’S LOST GLORY
Chandra Rekha, Research Associate, CAPS           
21 Mar 2014: The recent showdown and overwhelming majority vote by Crimea in favour of accession to Russia has once again brought the region to a critical juncture...read more 

BRAHMOS CRUISE MISSILE READY FOR AIR LAUNCHED TEST
Ravinder, Senior Fellow, CAPS

18 MAR 2014:
India plans to carry out trials, this year, of the air launched version of the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile...read more

AMBIGUITY IN THE EAST WIND: DONG FENG-25 AND DONG FENG-26
Arjun Subramanian P,Associate Fellow, CAPS
             
18 Mar 2014:
In the last two months there were reports in the internet regarding two of China’s Inter-mediatory Range Ballistic Missiles...read more

TECHNOLOGY FOR FUTURE WARFARE: MECHANICAL ENHANCEMENT
Gp. Capt.Vivek Kapur,Senior Fellow, CAPS

13 MAR 2014
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A “light and nimble” yet “heavily armed” combat soldier has been the holy grail of surface combat enthusiasts and practitioners...read more

MODERN COST EFFECTIVE FLIGHT REFUELLING SOLUTIONS
Gp. Capt.Vivek Kapur,Senior Fellow, CAPS

11 MAR 2014
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International manufacturers of Flight Refuelling Aircraft (FRA) are limited to Boeing of USA, Illushin of Russia and Airbus of Europe...read more

AKASH SURFACE TO AIR MISSILE (SAM) SYSTEM: A SUCCESS STORY IN THE MAKING
Gp. Capt.Vivek Kapur, Senior Fellow, CAPS


11 MAR 2014:
The Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) was conceived by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the then Director of India’s Defence Research and Development Laboratories (DRDL)...read more

THE BIG QUESTION: IS CHINA FACING A FINANCIAL CRISIS, OR NOT?
Prerna Gandhi,Research Associate, CAPS
            
11 MAR 2014:
In a first for Chinese Banks, four of them made history recently. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) unseated Exxon Mobil last year to take the top spot on the Forbes Global 2000  as the world’s largest company...read more

WOULD TIBET BECOME CASUALTY OF GLOBALIZATION?
Wg Cdr Raj Mongia, Research Fellow, CAPS           
        
06 MAR 2014: When United States President Barrack Obama met the Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, China promptly conveyed its displeasure by summoning a top American diplomat...read more

IN  FOCUS: APRIL 2014

RUSSIA CLEARS S-400 LONG RANGE SAM SALE TO CHINA
Ravinder Singh Chhatwal, Senior Fellow, CAPS
30 April 2014:
According to reports in the media President Vladmir Putin of Russia has agreed to the sale of Russia’s lethal long range surface to air missile S-400 Triumf...read more

ACCESSING THE INACCESSIBLE (I): NSA’S DIGITAL TOOLS OF ESPIONAGE
E. Dilipraj, Research Associate, CAPS           
21 APR 2014:
National Security Agency (NSA) has been in the news since mid-2013 for all wrong reasons especially for its infamous PRISM program...
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PROGRESS TOWARDS INDIAN SELF SUFFICIENCY IN SATELLITE NAVIGATION TECHNOLOGY
Gp. Capt.Vivek Kapur, Senior Fellow, CAPS
16 APR 2014: Advanced space applications with high end dual use features have hither-fore been the almost exclusive domain of the technologically advanced “West”...read more

THE NUCLEAR DOCTRINE AND THE BJP
Dr. Stuti Banerjee,Research Fellow,ICWA

15 APR 2014: On 07 March 2014, a national political party, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) released its manifesto for the 2014 general election, currently being held in India...read more

CONCENTRATED FIREPOWER VS NUMBERS IN WARFARE
Gp. Capt.Vivek Kapur, Senior Fellow, CAPS

07 APR 2014:
In the past few years there has been a resurgence of interest in developing the ability to make small relatively less capable systems operate in a co-operative manner...read more

FUKUSHIMA’S THIRD ANNIVERSARY: JAPAN’S CONTINUING STRUGGLE
Ankit Kumar, Research Associate, CAPS           

02 APR 2014: A 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which has come to be known as the Great East Japan Earthquake, followed by a massive tsunami, had hit Japan on 11 March 2011...read more

May - August 2014

IN  FOCUS: MAY 2014

CHINA'S NEW AWACS - KJ 500 
Gp Capt Ravinder Singh Chhatwal, Senior Fellow,  CAPS

31 MAY 2014: Recently a Chinese military website released photos of China’s new AWACS, the KJ- 500. The KJ-500 seems to be the next generation early warning aircraft for People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)...read more

THE UKRAINIAN MATINEE: RESPONSE FROM CHINA 
Sana Hashmi, Associate Fellow, CAPS

30 MAY 2014: In February 2014, a crisis began to unfold which gave a new turn to the relations of Russia and Ukraine. Crimean crisis was one of the repercussions of the anti-government protests in Ukraine...read more

ACCESSING THE INACCESSIBLE (II): KEYBOARDs, USBs & VGAs 
E. Dilipraj, Research Associate, CAPS

29 MAY 2014: The NSA’s digital tools of espionage exposed by the German Weekly Der Spiegel reveal the sophistication of every tool that is being used by the agency to spy upon its digital targets around the world...read more

NATO AND THE CRIMEAN CRISIS - A THOUGHT
Gp Capt M Bandopadhyay, Senior Fellow, CAPS

26 MAY 2014: NATO, a military alliance, created in 1949, is the only one of its kind today in the world. Proclaimed as an organization of collective defence, it began with the first member states being Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, United Kingdom...read more

CHINA KEEN TO TAP INDIA’S EXPERTISE: REVIVAL OF THE ‘CHINDIA’ SYNDROME?
Wg Cdr Raj Mongia, Research Fellow, CAPS

25 MAY 2014: During his three day visit to Chennai from May 2 to May 4, 2014 Mr. Cheng Guang Zhong, Minister Counsellor of the Chinese embassy in Delhi and his four member delegation observedthat China has a lot to gain from India’s expertise in services sector...read more

ENCOURAGING NEWS FOR INDIGENOUS DEVELOPMENT OF WEAPON SYSTEMS
Gp. Capt.Vivek Kapur,Senior Fellow, CAPS

12 MAY 2014: India today is the largest importer of arms in the world. This dubious distinction has been attained by the combination of a genuine need for equipping the Indian armed forces and a lack of the ability of domestic industry...read more

GLONASS FAILURE: IMPLICATIONS FOR INDIA
Gp. Capt.Vivek Kapur,Senior Fellow, CAPS

09 MAY 2014: The first operational satellite based navigation system to become operational was the USA’s Global Positioning System (GPS) “Navstar”...read more

THE REALITY OF 2013 CHINA-JAPAN TRADE
Prerna gandhi, Research Associate, CAPS

09 MAY 2014: Trade statistics released in April of Japan by JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) for April’13- March ’14 ...(read more)

IS NUCLEAR RENAISSANCE BACK ON TRACK?
Dr. Sitakanta Mishra, Research Fellow, CAPS

08 MAY 2014: On 14-15 April 2014, The Fukushima nuclear disaster has had an impact on the overall pace of new build and attitude towards nuclear energy in general...(read more)

THE P-5 BEIJING CONFERENCE
Hina Pandey, Research Associate, CAPS

07 MAY 2014: On 14-15 April 2014, the permanent members of the UN Security Council who are also nuclear weapon states (NWS)...(read more)

ROADMAP FOR UNITED STATES CYBER COMMAND AND ITS APPLICABILITY FROM INDIAN PERSPECTIVE
Ashish Gupta, Research Fellow, CAPS

06 May 2014: United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) reached full operational capability on 31 October 2010, with following mission...(read more)

IN  FOCUS: JUNE 2014

ACCESSING THE INACCESSIBLE (III): NSA's TOOLS OF ESPIONAGE ON COMPUTERS
E. Dilipraj, Research Associate, CAPS

25 June 2014: The digital catalogue of NSA’s tools of digital espionage, which was exposed in Der Spiegel, the German weekly reveal the amount of sophisticated digital tools used by...read more

CARRYING FORWARD UPA'S NUCLEAR SPELL
Dr. Sitakanta Mishra, Research Fellow, CAPS

11 June 2014: As part of Manmohan Singh led UPA government’s nuclear spell, four noteworthy developments have taken place in India’s tryst with nuclear power, during...read more

IS RUSSIA MENDING ITS TIES WITH PAKISTAN AT INDIA'S COST?
Chandra Rekha, Research Associate, CAPS

08 June 2014: The first half of the year 2014 seems to have been an eventful period for Russia as Moscow hogged the limelight over the Ukraine imbroglio and now...read more

INDICTMENT OF CHINESE NATIONALS BY US ON CHARGES OF CYBER-ESPIONAGE: ITS IMMEDIATE IMPLICATIONS AND LONG TERM RAMIFICATIONS
Wg Cdr Ashish Gupta, Research Fellow, CAPS

07 June 2014: The anonymity and impunity, with which the acts of cyber terrorism and espionage are being carried out, have...read more

SOLAR IMPULSE AND E-FAN: TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES TOWARDS REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSSION IN AVIATION
Gp. Capt.Vivek Kapur,Senior Fellow, CAPS

06 June 2014: For many decades military forces around the world have continued their business without much concern about the environment and its degradation...read more

IN FOCUS : JULY 2014

ANTRIX CORPORATION: CAN IT PROVIDE IMPETUS TO INDIAN SPACE MARKET
Wg Cdr PA Patil, Research Fellow

30 JULY 2014: 
Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of Department of Space was established in the year 1992 as a private limited company under the aegis of government of India...read more

CAN INDIA-CHINA COOPERATION PAVE THE WAY FOR 'CHINDIA'?
Wg Cdr Raj Mongia, Research Fellow

23 JULY 2014: 
When Narendra Modi was sworn in Prime Minister on May 26, 2014 as the head of a 45-member coalition government, after the elections catapulted the first government with absolute majority in 30 years...read more

ONE-WAY TICKET TO MARS: THE HOAX AND ITS REDRESS
Wg Cdr Kiran Krishnan Nair, Research Fellow

23 JULY 2014: 
Going by Hindu philosophy Mars is the God of war: wild, brash and adventurous. Little wonder than that its draws people of like nature onto its fold..
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NUCLEAR MATERIAL SEIZURE BY ISIL – A WAKEUP CALL
Dr. Sitakanta Mishra,Research Fellow

21 JULY 2014:
The seizure of nuclear material from three university sites in Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in early June, though downplayed ...read more

THE EMERGING THREAT OF ISIS
Aersh Danish,Non Resident Fellow, CAPS

16 July 2014:
As early as two years ago, the name Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)  would have been unknown to many in the strategic and academic circles...(
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IRAN: INDIA'S STRATEGIC GATEWAY
Ankit Kumar, Research Associate, CAPS

15 JULY 2014: India’s relationship with Iran has been termed “complicated” at best. In modern history, India and Iran have mostly been in opposite camps and came together...
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A STEP FORWARD BY INDIA: RATIFICATION OF THE ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL
Hina Pandey, Research Associate, CAPS

14 JULY 2014: Recently, India went another step forward in joining the international non-proliferation regime by declaring its ratification of the IAEA’s Additional Protocol (AP)...(read more)

PENTAGON'S NEW REPORT ON CHINESE MILITARY DEVELOPMENTS
Gp. Capt. Ravinder Singh Chhatwal, Senior Fellow, CAPS

04 JULY 2014: In the first week of June 2014 the United States Department of Defence published its “Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2014...(read more)

TECHNOLOGY FOR NATIONAL SECURITY: INDIA’S SPACE CAPABILITIES CONTINUE TO IMPROVE
Gp. Capt. Vivek Kapur, Senior Fellow, CAPS

03 JULY 2014: Space related research and exploitation activities commenced in India with the establishment of the Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) in year 1962...(read more)

IN FOCUS : AUGUST 2014

NATO AND THE UKRAINE CRISIS - WHODUNIT?
Gp Capt M Bandopadhyay, Senior Fellow, CAPS

30 Aug 2014: Is the Crimean Crisis that has morphed into the Ukraine Crisis, really a consequence of Russian follies? Or is it because the West is forcing its own ideas on the region,...read more

ANALYSING RECENT ATTACKS IN XINJIANG
Sana Hashmi, Associate Fellow, CAPS
          
30 AUG 2014: Of late, there has been a surge in violence in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).In fact, the year 2014 has specifically been one of the most violent years ...read more

X-37B ORBITAL TEST VEHICLE COMPLETES 625 DAYS IN ORBIT

Wg Cdr PA Patil, Research Fellow, CAPS

29 Aug 2014: X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), a spacecraft operated by the US Air Force was launched aboard the Atlas-V on December 11, 2012 and is stealthily zooming in orbit rising speculations on its clandestine nature of operations...read more

US CHINA AERIAL CONFRONTATIONS IN THE EAST CHINA SEA
Gp.Capt.Vivek Kapur, Senior Fellow, CAPS

29 Aug 2014: Reports are circulating in the media about a US maritime patrol P-8A Poseidon aircraft being intercepted by a Chinese fighter in international waters about 135 miles east of Hainan Island...read more

NIRBHAY: WILL THE “FEARLESS” ENTER THE FRAY
Gp Capt Ravinder Singh Chhatwal, Senior Fellow, CAPS

28 Aug 2014: India recently announced that it is preparing to test its long range cruise missile “Nirbhay” (Fearless).This missile was first tested in March 2013 but the test had to be aborted due to malfunction...read more

COOPERATION IN DEFENCE OFFERS FROM USA: BOON OR BANE
Gp.Capt.Vivek Kapur, Senior Fellow, CAPS

28 Aug 2014: During his recent visit to India in early August 2014 the US Defence Secretary, Charles Hagel, made several arms offers to India. These included offers for outright sales of weapons systems...read more

ACCESSING THE INACCESSIBLE (IV): NSA's TOOLS OF ESPIONAGE IN W-LAN AND ROUTER
E. Dilipraj, Research Associate, CAPS

27 Aug 2014: The US National Security Agency’s (NSA) ANT department’s technical expertise and sophistication in the field of espionage especially on computer equipments amuses its admirers while at the same time annoys its victims...read more

INTERCEPTIONS BY PLAAF: MERE ADVENTURISM OR SHOW OF AIR POWER?
Ankit Kumar, Research Associate, CAPS

27 Aug 2014: On August 19, a Chinese PLA Air Force fighter jet intercepted a US Navy reconnaissance aircraft in what US officials have called a “provocative” manoeuvre. Reports suggest that the Chinese fighter jet flew with the US aircraft...read more

ZERO DAY VULNERABILITY EXPLOITATION: CYBER WEAPON OF CHOICE

Wg Cdr Ashish Gupta, Research Fellow,CAPS

26 Aug 2014:
The tentacles of Cyber espionage are expanding their reach entwining almost every facet of life. The vulnerability quotient due to activities in cyber space has gone many notches up...read more

PAKISTAN’S POLITICAL IMBROGLIO - YET AGAIN!
Dr. Shalini Chawla, Senior Fellow, CAPS

24 Aug 2014: Pakistan’s most recent political imbroglio entered its 11th day today with Nawaz Sharif refusing to take accept Imran Khan’s proposition...read more

SNOOPING: REVISITED
Group Captain Ashok K Chordia (Retd.), Senior Fellow

20 August 2014: An American diplomat in Moscow was listening to a programme on his radio when he heard the voice of his country’s ambassador ...read more

CARBON FIBRE OBSCURANT CLOUD: A PASSIVE MISSILE DEFENCE SOLUTION

Arjun Subramanian P, Associate Fellow

13 August 2014:   The seventh fleet of the United States Navy recently tested a passive missile defence system designed...read more

FROM ARMS-IMPORTER TO ARMS-EXPORTER?: A PARADIGM SHIFT
Dr. Sitakanta Mishra, Research Fellow

12 August 2014:   Speaking aboard India’s largest aircraft career INS Vikramaditya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly said on 14 June that...read more

EXTENSION OF TIBET'S RAIL LINE: IMPLICATIONS FOR TIBET AND INDIA
Tseyang Lhamo, Research Associate

09 August 2014:   The Global Times, a state-run newspaper reported that Golmud to Lhasa railway line’s extension to Shigatse will start operating formally from August of this year. The railway line from Golmud...read more

FIFTH INDIA-US STRATEGIC DIALOGUE: A RENEWED FOCUS ON THE RELATIONSHIP
Dr. Stuti Banerjee, Research Fellow, ICWA

07 AUG 2014:The just concluded India –US Strategic Dialogue has generated considerable debate...read more

DOWNING OF MH17
Chandra Rekha, Research Associate

01 AUG 2014:  In the heat of the latest war hysteria in Ukraine, the downing of the Malaysian BA 777 Passenger Jet in Eastern Ukraine killing everybody on board...read more

WITHDRAWAL OF OIL RIG: CHINESE MISADVENTURE OR A CALCULATED MOVE
Captain HPS Sodhi, Senior Fellow

01 AUG 2014: On 15 July 14, China announced that its oil-drill platform Hai Yang Shi You 981 had completed its exploration operations off Triton Island ( Zhongjian Island in Chinese ) and would be towed back to Hainan Island...read more