India’s nuclear capped missiles: Role in strategic deterrence

India's nuclear force structure is known to be based on a triad: Prithvi short-range ballistic missiles and various versions of the Agni IRBM manned by the missile groups of the Indian Army; nuclear glide bombs carried underslung on hard points on fighter-bomber aircraft of the Indian Air Force;...

Geopolitics | Feb 5, 2017
Non-proliferation challenges: An Indian perspective

Robert Gallucci, a former top non proliferation official at the State Department who negotiated a 1994 nuclear agreement with North Korea, urged the US Congress to reject the deal because it "Trashes" the non proliferation regime. Such a regime could provide a Key building block in a comprehensive...

CBRN Journal | Dec 1, 2015
Nuclear Posture

Tellis examines the persistent claim of prominent Indian strategic theorists that India will adopt an indigenous nuclear doctrine that seeks to avoid the pitfalls of the dominant strategic solutions incarnated during the Cold War and whether it would be reasonable to suggest that India would develop...

The Statesman | Mar 28, 2002
Nuclear Standoff-II

The first is to clearly spell out that a nuclear strike on Indian soldiers, including those who may be within Pakistani territory during war, would be deemed to be a nuclear strike on India and would invite massive punitive nuclear retaliation. India's desire to develop a credible minimum nuclear...

The Statesman | Jan 25, 2002
Nuclear Standoff-I

Writing in the Pakistan Defence Journal, General Lodhi stated; "In a deteriorating military situation when an Indian conventional attack is likely to break through our defences or has already breached the main defence line causing a major set-back to the defences which cannot be restored by...

The Statesman | Jan 24, 2002
Nuclear Terrorism

The US may get around the basic premise of the Non-Proliferation Treaty that binds the five recognised nuclear weapons states not to attack non-nuclear states with nuclear weapons by claiming that the possession of nuclear warheads even by terrorist organisations being hosted by a state makes the...

The Statesman | Nov 21, 2001
Nuclear confidence building and risk reduction in Southern Asia

EXISTING NUCLEAR CBMS IN SOUTHERN ASIA. While discussing nuclear CBMs, most diplomats and analysts tend to focus on India and Pakistan only, due to their misperceptions that Southern Asia is a nuclear flashpoint. Nuclear safety, security, confidence building and risk reduction are issues that need...

ARTRAC Journal | Aug 4, 2001
Nuclear hazards

Nuclear weapons states must clearly spell out their strategy, inspire confidence in their adversaries that they will abide by their declared stance and should give credible evidence that adequate checks and balances have been built into their nuclear decision-making process and nuclear weapons...

The Statesman | May 30, 2001
Safety and security of India’s N-weapons

Besides posing practical difficulties, the virtual non-involvement of the armed forces in the country's nuclear weapons programme has undermined the credibility of India's nuclear deterrent and raised doubts about the safety and security of nuclear weapons. The need for ensuring the highest...

Strategic Analysis | Apr 5, 2001
India’s Nuclear Doctrine and Policy

Deterrence by Denial India’s nuclear policy is underpinned by a categorical and unambiguous commitment to “no first use” of nuclear weapons against nuclear armed adversaries and the non-use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapons states. […]

Strategic Analysis | Feb 28, 2001
Deterrent Power

Since India's GDP is growing at the compounded annual rate of approximately seven per cent, it clearly emerges that the expenditure likely to be Incurred on maintaining a credible minimum deterrent comprising 200 nuclear warheads is eminently affordable.

The Statesman | Jan 6, 2001
India’s Nuclear Force Structure

Background Though the dust has settled over Pokhran and the Chagai Hills since the nuclear blasts of May 1998, their aftershocks are still reverberating round the world. The crossing of the nuclear Rubicon had propelled […]

Strategic Analysis | Sep 1, 2000
Nuclear targeting philosophy for India

At the heart of a nation's targeting philosophy is the question: what deters? Is the adversary to be deterred by threatening his major cities with annihilation? Or, is he to be deterred by threatening decapitating strikes against his political and military leadership? Or, would he be deterred by...

Strategic Analysis | Jun 5, 2000
Does India need tactical nuclear weapons?

To 60,000 nuclear warheads were produced since the arguably senseless bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, some basic human survival instinct "Repeatedly stayed the finger that might have pushed the button." The world's abhorrence for nuclear weapons is now so widespread and deep-rooted that...

Strategic Analysis | Mar 5, 2000
Command and control of nuclear weapons in India

In dealing with the employment of nuclear weapons, the issue of control becomes a question of "Technology and wiring' and a delegation and devolution of authority in crises? Osgood has described a number of components of command and control of nuclear weapons; these include: the manufacture of...

Strategic Analysis | Jan 5, 2000
Nuclear Artillery

Introduction One of mankind’s most gruesome achievements in the twentieth century is the ability to destroy the entire human race several times over. The nuclear stockpile of the united states has an estimated explosive yield […]

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