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India-United States Cooperation on Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism, National Academies Press, 2014, pp. xii+171, ISBN: 978-0-309-31296-7
Authors: Rita Guenther, Micah Lowenthal and Lalitha Sundaresan
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India and the United States are the world’s two largest democracies with distinguished scientific traditions and experts in a wide range of scientific-technical fields. Given these strengths and the ability to learn from one another, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences together with the National Institute for Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India, held a joint Indian-U.S. workshop to identify and examine potential areas for substantive scientific and technical cooperation that can support counterterrorism efforts through the Homeland Security Dialogue and through direct cooperation.
India-United States Cooperation on Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism is the summary of that workshop. This report examines topics such as biological threats; protection of nuclear facilities; security (physical and cyber) for chemicals, chemical facilities and other critical infrastructure; and monitoring, surveillance, and emergency response. The report also identifies and examines promising areas for further Indian-U.S. cooperation.
Table of Contents
|The Realities of Terrorism in India||9|
|Systems Approaches to Countering Terrorism||23|
|Protecting Critical Infrastructure||41|
|Science and Technology to Counter Terrorism in Critical Areas||69|
|Emergency Management and Response: All-Hazards Approach||95|
|Learning and Applying Best Practices to Counter Terrorism||117|
Evolution of Solid Propellant Rockets in India, DESIDOC, 2014, pp. xx+201, ISBN: 978-81-8651-451-1
Author: Rajaram Nagappa
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Ms. Anitha Sarvanan at the Monographs Division, DESIDOC
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Historical narration of technological achievements is more an exception than the rule in India. The narration in respect of rocket development in the country generally follows this trend with a few notable exceptions covering the developments in the Indian Space Programme. The development of defence rockets has hardly been touched upon. Propulsion forms a major subsystem of the space launch vehicles and missiles, and today, India boasts of a significant capability and capacity in this discipline.
The solid propellant rocket technology in India is essentially home-grown and has found wide application and adaptation in sounding rockets, launch vehicles, and ballistic missiles. While the requirements of solid propellant rockets for the space programme have reached a maturation phase, the requirement of solid propellant rockets for missile applications are diverse in their characteristics, and performance needs continue on a demand and development trajectory.
This book highlights the development of solid propellant rockets and the main solid rocket subsystems used in the space programme and ballistic missiles with emphasis on the indigenous nature of development.
Table of Contents
|List of Acronyms||xvii|
|Chapter 1: The Beginning||5|
|Chapter 2: The Advent of Solid Rockets to Aid Space Research||9|
|Chapter 3: The Beginning of Solid Rocketry in Thumba||15|
|Chapter 4: Early DRDO–ISRO Collaboration||25|
|Chapter 5: Self-reliance in Solid Propellant Capability||31|
|Chapter 6: Propellant Development in HEMRL||51|
|Chapter 7: Rocket Motor Case||61|
|Chapter 8: Rocket Motors of Launch Vehicles||79|
|Chapter 9: IGMDP and other Motors of Missile Complex||125|
|Chapter 10: Composite Products||143|
|Chapter 11: Solid Propellant Rocket Motor Test Facilities||159|
|Chapter 12: Interface with Academia||173|
|Chapter 13: Industry Interaction||193|
About the Author
Professor Rajaram Nagappa is Head, International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Guwahati University and a Diploma of the Madras Institute of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering. His active years were spent at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram where he was responsible for the design, development and realisation of solid propellant motor systems for rockets and satellite launch vehicles of the Indian Space Research Organisation. He retired as the Associate Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.
India-United States Cooperation on Global Security: Summary of a Workshop on Technical Aspects of Civilian Nuclear Materials Security, National Academies Press, 2013, pp. 186, ISBN: 978-0-309-28976-4
Authors: Rita Guenther, Micah Lowenthal, Rajaram Nagappa, and Nabeel Mancheri
The book (pdf) can be downloaded here
The U.S. government has made safeguarding of weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium an international policy priority, and convened The 2010 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., on April 12 and 13, 2010. Forty six governments sent delegations to the summit and twenty nine of them made national commitments to support nuclear security. During the Summit, India announced its commitment to establish a Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership. The Centre is to be open to international participation through academic exchanges, training, and research and development efforts.
India-United States Cooperation on Global Security is the summary of a workshop held by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) together with its partner of more than 15 years, the National Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bangalore, India. The workshop identified and examined potential areas for substantive scientific and technical cooperation between the two countries on issues related to nuclear material security. Technical experts from India and the United States focused on topics of nuclear material security and promising opportunities for India and the United States to learn from each other and cooperate. This report discusses nuclear materials management issues such as nuclear materials accounting, cyber security, physical security, and nuclear forensics.
Table of Contents
- Introduction and Overview of Civilian Nuclear Materials
- Systems Approach to Security at Civilian Nuclear Facilities
- Physical Security at Civilian Nuclear Facilities
- Cybersecurity at Civilian Nuclear Facilities
- The Importance of People in Securing Civilian Nuclear Facilities
- The Emerging Science of Nuclear Forensics
- Nuclear Energy and the Challenge of Development in India
- Implementing Systems Approaches to Security at Civilian Nuclear Facilities
- General Discussion and Suggested Future Actions
- Appendix A: Workshop Agenda 147-152 skim this chapter
- Appendix B: Statement of Task 153-154 skim this chapter
- Appendix C: Biographical Sketches of Workshop Speakers and Session Moderators
- Appendix D: Biographical Sketches of NAS Planning Committee Members
- Appendix E: List of Collaboration Topics Suggested by Workshop Participants
Troubling Tehran: Reflections on Geopolitics, Pentagon Press, 2013, pp.xviii+140, ISBN: 978-81-8274-723-4
Editors: Arun Vishwanathan and Rajaram Nagappa
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What is the best approach for resolving differences over the Iranian nuclear programme and preventing a conflict? How would a conflict possibly unravel given Iranian military, asymmetric and missile capabilities? What does a military conflict over Iran mean for international order and India in particular? These are some of the questions that the book, Troubling Tehran: Reflections on Geopolitics analyses and seeks answers to.
The Iranian nuclear programme is a complex subject plagued by fundamental differences on how best to resolve it. While some advocate diplomacy and economic sanctions as a way forward, others push for a military response arguing that pursuing diplomacy provides Iran additional time to achieve a break-out capability. However, military coercion may not yield desired results, given the dispersed nature of Iranian nuclear facilities. A strike in fact is likely to accelerate Iranian nuclear weaponisation programme. The recent sanctioning of Iran’s oil sector adds to the regime’s cup of woes which is already overflowing due to a host of economic problems. However, the jury is still out on the question of whether sanctions would spark public disaffection against the regime.
The implications of a military conflict involving Iran are serious for Asia, particularly India. About 85 percent of Iranian oil exports are eastward bound. Dependence on crude and natural gas imports from the Middle East and North Africa region including Iran poses a dilemma for Indian policy makers. New Delhi thus needs to strike a fine balance while basing its policy on realpolitik and national interest.
Table of Contents
- Introduction – Arun Vishwanathan and Rajaram Nagappa
- Iran: A War has Begun – Vijay Shankar
- Iran’s Nuclear Programme: Where is it headed? – Arun Vishwanathan
- Iran’s Nuclear Activities: A Technical Appraisal of Declared Intentions and Reality – L V Krishnan
- Iran’s Missile Capabilities – Rajaram Nagappa and S. Chandrashekar
- Iran’s Military Capability, Asymmetric Warfare and its Efficacy – P J Jacob
- Iran: An Insider’s Account – Masoud Imani Kalesar
- World Dependence on Iranian Oil: Sanctions on Iran and Impact on India – V Raghuraman
- Iran: The Road Ahead – K C Singh
- Conclusion and Recommendations – Arun Vishwanathan and Rajaram Nagappa
Arun Vishwanathan is Assistant Professor, International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.
Rajaram Nagappa is Head, International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.
Rise of China: Indian Perspectives, Lancer Publication, 2013, pp. xv+244, ISBN : 9781935501374
Editors: S. Gopal and Nabeel A. Mancheri
The remarkable rise of China in the last three decades has had a mixed global reaction. While many countries have welcomed this rise, some of China’s neighbours have viewed it with concern if not consternation. What does the rise of China signify for India, given our none too smooth relationship with China and latter’s unqualified support to Pakistan in military and nuclear field? What do our leading companies feel about China? Would the Indian Ocean be the scene of stiff confrontation between India and China? Or is “China Threat” an exaggeration or hype as some would hold?
This book is the result of intense discussions on the above questions in a seminar held on Dec 20/21, 2011 at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. The Chapters in this book, based on papers presented by leading experts on China both from the Government and the Private sectors covers almost all aspects of China from internal political developments, foreign policy to economy, S&T developments and Strategic capabilities, particularly with respect to India. China’s growing military and economic clout and impressive advances in trade and technology have all been analyzed by various speakers who are well known for their expertise on china. China’s views on India have also been brought out succinctly. The Seminar was the first major interaction on a subject of strategic national interest. It is hoped that the book would contribute to better understanding of China by both the interested citizens of this country and the policy makers.
Table of Contents
- Sino-Indian Relations: Need for a Balanced Approach – MK Narayanan
- Red-Revival: An Overview of Internal Political Developments in China – Jayadeva Ranade
- Chinese Foreign Policy with Special Reference to South Asia – TCA Rangachari
- China’s Air and Space Strategy — South and South East Asia – Air Cmde (Retd) Ramesh V Phadke
- Modernisation of China’s Armed Forces and its Implications – Brig (Retd) Gurmeet Kanwal
- Maritime Ambitions of China – Vice Admiral (Retd.) RN Ganesh
- “Strong Fences Make Good Neighbours”: A CEO Perspective on Sino-India Relationships – Ravi Venkatesan
- The Art and Science of Business in China – Aroon Raman
- Secrets of Chinese Economic Success – Ramgopal Agarwala
- Three Decades of China’s Development Some Notable Factors and Lessons – Halady Satish Rao
- Lateral Thinking and India’s China Strategy: The Case Study of Tibet – Ravi Bhoothalingam
- Chinese Strategic Culture – Bidanda Chengappa
- Telecom Equipment Exports from China: Commercial and Strategic Implications – Sanjay Nayak
- Science and Technology Capabilities of China – Lalitha Sundaresan
- China’s Cyber Capabilities – Alok Vijayanth
- Chinese Perceptions of India – DS Rajan
S Gopal is Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee Visiting Professor in the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, NIAS, Bangalore.
Nabeel Mancheri is Assistant Professor in the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, NIAS, Bangalore.
Science and Technology to Counter Terrorism: Proceedings of an Indo-US Workshop, National Academies Press, 2007, Washington DC, pp. xii+167, ISBN: 978-0-309-10499-9.
Editors: Roddam Narasimha, Arvind Kumar, Stephen P. Cohen and Rita Guenther
The entire text of the report is accessible here
The Science and Technology to Counter Terrorism was held in Goa, India, in January 2004, organised under the aegis of the National Institute of Advanced Science (NIAS) and the Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC), National Academy of Sciences, US.
The focus of the workshop was on terrorism and the employment of Science and Technology for its mitigation. Terrorism is not a new problem. However, terrorists now employ science and technology to conduct terrorist attacks across national boundaries. Despite its international reach, the manifestations of terror differ from location to location. The agenda of the workshop was driven by the desire to maximise the experience and expertise of the Indian and American participants, and to lay the groundwork for long-term collaboration.
Table of Contents
Survey of Terrorist Threats in the United States and India and Relevant Science and Technology
- Science, Technology, and Countering Terrorism: The Search for a Sustainable Strategy: Lewis M. Branscomb
- Terrorist Threats in India: Major General (Retired) Afsir Karim
- Discussion of Terrorist Threats in the United States and India and Relevant Science and Technology: B. Raman and Harry Barnes, Discussion Moderators
Information Technology and Communications Security
- Information Technology and Communications Security in India: N. Balakrishnan
- Cyberterrorism and Security Measures: E. Goodman
- Discussion of Information Technology and Communications Security: Rear Admiral (Retired) Raja Menon and Kumar Patel, Discussion Moderators
Protecting Nuclear Energy Facilities
- Threats to Civil Nuclear-energy Facilities: John P. Holdren
- Threats to Nuclear Facilities: Framing the Problem: P. Rama Rao
- Discussion of Protecting Nuclear-energy Facilities: G.R. Srinivasan and Rose Gottemoeller, Discussion Moderators
Terrorist Threats to Infrastructure and Relevant Science and Technology Responses
- Local Realities of Terrorist Threats: Julio Ribeiro
- Securing Against Infrastructure Terrorism: Lawrence T. Papay
- Discussion of Terrorist Threats to Infrastructure and Relevant Science and Technology Responses: M.K. Narayanan and Richard L. Garwin, Discussion Moderators
Biological and Agriculture Terrorist Threats
- India and Agricultural Bioterrorism: Kalyan Bannerjee
- Twentieth-century Legacy: The Biological Threats to Twenty-first Century Science and Society: Christopher J. Davis
- Discussion of Biology and Agriculture Terrorist Threats: S. Gopal and Jonathan Pollack, Discussion Moderators
- Why Should India and the United States Cooperate?: K. Santhanam
- Can Science and Technology Help to Counter Terrorism?: Richard L. Garwin
- Discussion of Indo-U.S. Cooperation: T.G.K. Murthy and John P. Holdren, Discussion Moderators
- Workshop Agenda
- List of Participants
Disaster Management: National Institute of Advanced Studies, 2003, pp.246, ISBN: 81-87633-53-7.
Editors: S. Rajagopal and Sridhar K. Chari
This book is a collection of papers presented by eminent experts during the annual course on disaster management conducted over the last few years by the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, for senior IAS officers from across the country. We place this selection before the general reader, administrators, politicians, academics and future participants of the NIAS course, in the hope that it will be found useful and interesting. We believe that the collective experience of the contributors can serve to generate new insights and methodologies in tackling disasters in the country. A key lesson is while it is east to glibly blame out large population, it is administrative, regulatory and policy gaps which need to be addressed urgently.
Table of Contents
- Earthquakes in India: An Engineering Perspective- R. N. Iyengar
- Floods and Cyclones- Meteorological and Climatological Aspects and Early Warning System- A. K. Bhatnagar
- Water Resources Management and Water-related Disasters- C. C. Patel
- Biological Disasters and their Management- Kalyan Banerjee
- An Overview of the Emergency Response Plans in the Department of Atomic Energy- L. Muralidhar
- Chemical Disasters and their Management- R. V Swamy
- Space Technologies in Disaster Management- K. V. Venkatachary
- Greenhouse Gases, Aerosols and Climate Change- J. Srinivasan
- Health and Psychosocial Consequences of Disasters- A Bangalore Response- Sanjiv Lewin
- Hazard Assessment and Vulnerability Analysis- K. R. Sethumadhavan
- Disaster Mitigation- Vinod K. Gaur
- Internal Security: Changing Environment- B. Raman
- Internal Security: Challenges- Julio Ribeiro
- Disasters: How Others Manage- M. K. Paul
S. Rajagopal, Homi Bhabha Visiting Professor, heads the International Strategic and Security Studies Unit at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
Sridhar K Chari is a Research Associate of the International Strategic and Security Studies Unit at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
Prospects for Stability in a Nuclear Subcontinent, National Institute of Advanced Studies, 2003, pp. 175, ISBN:81-87663-44-8.
Editors: S. Rajagopal and Sridhar K. Chari
This book, which sets out to explore the prospects for stability in a nuclear sub-continent, brings together papers by top strategic thinkers from India, Russia, the United States, China and Bangladesh. The papers are drawn from those presented at an international roundtable conference at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India in September 2002.
Also included are the intense and productive discussions that followed these presentations, and a critical Introduction and Conclusion. This volume is offered as a contribution to policy and decision-making and to international relations scholarship in general.
Table of Contents
- Introduction – S. Rajagopal and Sridhar K. Chari
- The Nonproliferation Regimes and Nuclear Threat Reduction – Victor N Mikhailov
- Nonproliferation Regimes and South Asia – Ronald F. Lehman II
- Maintaining a Threshold of Strategic Autonomy at Least Cost: Continuity in the Evolution of India’s Nuclear Policies – Roddam Narasimha
- Role of Nuclear Doctrines and State of Armed Forces in South Asia – Vladmir E. Novikov
- Nuclear Weapons, Deterrence and Stability in the International System: South Asian Dynamics – Sridhar K Chari
- Assessing China’s Asian Role and Security Policies – Sun Xiangli
- Kargil War to Current Threat of War: Prospects for Stability – Jasjit Singh
- Discussion – Marco Di Capua
- International Terrorism and its Impact on South Asian Stability – S. Gopal
- A View from Bangladesh – Waliur Rehman
- Report on the Concluding Session
- Conclusion – S. Rajagopal and Sridhar K. Chari
- List of Participants
S. Rajagopal was Homi Bhabha Visiting Professor at NIAS and previously headed the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme at NIAS, Bangalore.
Sridhar K. Chari was Research Associate at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme at NIAS, Bangalore.
Nuclear Cooperation: Challenges and Prospects, National Institute of Advanced Studies, 1997, ix+109
Editors: Deepa Ollapally and S. Rajagopal
In this era of globalisation and technology flows, the nuclear field continues to retain strong barriers to international collaboration. From nuclear energy to non-proliferation however, the potential for concerted action exists. The ISSSP held a two day Seminar on November 21-22, 1996 exploring the challenges and projects for achieving mutual cooperation between states relating to all aspects of nuclear technology. This volume is based on the proceedings of the Seminar.
The seminar was attended by senior experts from the U.S., France, South Korea, Japan, India and the International Atomic Energy Agency. A major purpose of the seminar was to approach the question of nuclear cooperation in a novel fashion by bringing international and security affairs analysts together with specialists in the areas of nuclear technology, monitoring and verification, and nuclear power. This unique gathering of scientists, technologists and defence experts was to allow consideration of both technical and political angles of nuclear cooperation. Such an approach is particularly compatible with the underlying philosophy of NIAS which is rooted in multidisciplinary method of problem solving.
The broad themes that the seminar considered included disarmament and the security link; implementation and verification of nonproliferation regimes; transfer of technology and nuclear energy. The seminar culminated with a round table on confidence building. An important point of departure for the proceedings was the Undo-U.S. relationship and the need to place it on a stable course in the nuclear arena.
Table of Contents
- List of Contributors
- Preface – Deepa Ollapally and S. Rajagopal
- Introductory Remarks
- Recent Developments: An Indian Perspective – Raja Ramanna
- Recent Development: An American Perspective – Thomas W. Graham
- Current Nuclear Proliferation Realities
- Nonproliferation, Disarmament and the Security Link – C. Raja Mohan
- Is There a Technical Solution to Proliferation – Alfred Lecocq
- Beyond Nuclear Proliferation: Implementing Nonproliferation Regimes
- 93+2 Programme Proposal – David Sinden
- International Monitoring System: A State of the Art – S. Sadasivan
- U.S. Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Stewardship and Management – Christopher Paine
- Technology Transfer Issues
- Globalisation and Technology Sharing – K. Kasturirangam
- Embargo Regimes and Impact – R. Chidambaram and V. Ashok
- The Implications of the Wassenaar Group – Brahma Chellaney
- Nuclear Power and Technology: International Collaboration
- Nuclear Power Development: The South Korean Experience – Hong, Jang Hee
- Nuclear Power Development: The Indian Experience – Y.S.R Prasad
- Comments on Nuclear Power Development in Japan – Takao Fujie
- Summary of Roundtable
Participants: V.S Arunachalam, Thomas W. Graham, P.K. Iyengar, Alfred Lecocq, Ronald Lehman, Christopher Paine, Raja Ramanna, Jasjit Singh, A.P. Venkateswaram
Deepa Ollapally is a Fellow of the International Strategic and Security Studies Unit at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
S. Rajagopalan is a Visiting Fellow of the International Strategic and Security Studies Unit at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore