Areas of Research Interests

Towards meeting the aims and objectives, the Centre will undertake studies in the following areas

  1. Security Studies

    These would include topics related to regional security environment that have a bearing on shaping national security policies. Some of the important areas are : shifts in the international security system, multipolarity vs unipolarity, issues related to comprehensive and collective security, role and importance of non-state actors and transnational organisations, and so on. These studies are to be prospective in nature to cover medium term time frame that will include simulation exercises to assess comprehensive challenges and opportunities facing India and the region, over the next 10-15 years.

  2. Regional Studies

    These studies would be in the form of strategic analysis and military balance between main challengers along India's periphery and other neighbours including extended strategic neighbourhood, in consonance with India's strategic vision. The aim will be evaluation of political, economic, military and technological and other related capabilities of potential challengers and their impact on Indian security, options for India and the types of future military capabilities that need to be developed to meet these challenges.

  3. Military Studies

    The emphasis would be on the following aspects:

    1. Changing nature of warfare and development of military strategy to meet the dictates of future wars.
    2. Interface between national security and military capabilities. Role of military in shaping national security policies.
    3. Civil-military relations, interfacing politico-military objectives and aspirations, including coercion as a tool of national political strategy.
    4. Review of existing military doctrines and future concepts including joint doctrines and their relevance in the changing nature of war.
    5. Revolution in military affairs, network-centric warfare and information technologies with Indian characteristics and orientation.
    6. Relevance of aerospace warfare in enhancing national military capabilities.
    7. Maritime studies, including issues related to maritime security, together with economic dimensions of security of sea lanes of communication and exploitation of EEZ and related aspects. Studies would also focus on the necessity for a doctrinal shift from continental to maritime orientation in consort with India's growing regional interests together with their impact on capability developments.
    8. Role of technology in providing asymmetric capabilities in future wars. These studies would focus upon comparative analysis of technological capabilities of India-China, India-Pakistan and those of other major powers that can impinge on Indian security.
    9. Assessment of India's Nuclear Policy and shaping of medium and long term strategy with focus of India's emergence as a regional power.
    10. Reforms in higher defence organisation, creating space for strategic decision-making.
    11. Reforms in Indian defence R&D and industry to meet obsolescence challenges at affordable costs, including technical audit of our R&D enterprise.
    12. Defence Budget. What is an affordable budget? Prioritising tri-Service capital acquisitions in harmony with desired military capabilities for more efficient utilisation of allotted funds.
    13. Capital Acquisitions Streamlining acquisition procedures, offsets, indigenous development and negotiation techniques and procedures.
    14. Security imperatives of India's growing energy dependency, shaping strategies and developing capabilities.
    15. Military diplomacy and defence sales as a tool for leveraging strategic configuration of power.
    16. Conventional and nuclear confidence building measures.
    17. National disaster management policy and the role of the military.
    18. Terrorism and Transnational Security. Dealing with transnational and global terrorism.
    19. Non-traditional threats and challenges, including organized crime, illegal migration, diseases and the role of the military.
    20. Transnational security cooperation – politico-military gaming to explore cooperative security approaches towards a variety of transnational threats facing the region.
    21. Response Strategies other than Military for Engaging a Rising China and an Unstable Pakistan
    22. Cyber Power Assessment and Identification of National Critical Information Infrastructure – An Indian Perspective.
    23. China's Engagement with India’s Extended Neighbourhood – Implications for India's Security Dynamics.
    24. Social Networking : A Threat to Military Ethos.
    25. Seamless integration of IW ops with Kinetic means for achieving War Objectives : Impact on Force Structuring and Operational Doctrine.
    26. Cyber War Capabilities of China.
  4. Simulation and Modelling

    Carrying out simulation and modelling including scenario building, crisis and politico-military gaming, either as stand-alone exercises to validate research findings or on contractual basis.


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