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  • Rajiv Kumar Narang

    Senior Fellow
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    Group Captain (Dr.) Rajiv Kumar Narang, Vayu Sena Medal (Retd.) is Senior Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (MP-IDSA). He is former Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter pilot, qualified Flight Safety and Accident Investigator, Centre Seat Qualified Instructor on Chetak/ Cheetah helicopters and holder of Commercial Helicopter Pilot License (CHPL). He is an alumnus of the 57 Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India, M Sc. in Defence & Strategic Studies and PhD in International Relations. He was awarded Vayu Sena Medal for meritorious service in 2000.

    He has authored a book titled “India’s Quest for UAVs and Challenges” and research papers on aviation, drones, counter-drone systems, Make in India and Self-Reliance. He worked as Research/ Senior Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) between 2014 & 2019 and Director, Strategic Initiatives at Drone Federation of India between July 2021 to February 2023. He was a member of Drone Working Sub Group, Department of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry in 2020-21 and High Power Steering Committee (HPSC) of Innovation for Defence Excellence (iDEX) in 2021 & 2022. He authored the HQ IDS-SIDM report titled “A Roadmap for India Becoming Atmanirbhar in Counter Drone Technologies/ Systems” in 2022.

    Select Publications

    • Senior Research Associate, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Rajiv Nayan’s article ‘Nuclear India@25’ has been published in October 2023 issue of Defence and Security Alert.

      India has adopted the policy or doctrine of no first use and no use against non-nuclear weapons countries, and more significantly, its policy/doctrine is nuclear deterrence, not nuclear warfighting, says Dr Nayan.

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      October 17, 2023
      IDSA News
    • The G20 New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration asserts that the ‘use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible’.

      September 15, 2023
      IDSA Comments
    • Oppenheimer was admired by a section of the Indian intelligentsia for his familiarity with Indian philosophical traditions and his advocacy of peaceful nuclear uses.

      September 12, 2023
      Issue Brief
    • Senior Research Associate, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Rajiv Nayan's article ‘India and Korea: A Promising Future Ahead’ was published in ‘Korea on Point’, a publication/forum of the Korean Association of International Studies, on 07 September, 2023.

      September 07, 2023
      IDSA News
    • Humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons use, dreadfully experienced in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, has had little policy impact on concluding a genuine nuclear disarmament convention.

      August 14, 2023
      IDSA Comments
    • On 27 October 2022, the much-awaited Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) of the United States (US) was released in a declassified form, but not as an independent document as it had been issued in the past. It was part of the National Defense Review (NDR) of 2022, as it formed part of a single document comprising the NPR, NDR and The Missile Defense Review (MDR). The NDR of 2022 had assigned four priorities to strengthen America’s deterrence prowess.

      Strategic Analysis
    • India’s track record as a responsible nuclear weapon country is reflected in its policy of nuclear restraint.

      May 11, 2023
      IDSA Comments
    • Russia’s decision to suspend participation in the New START complicates efforts to revive arms control negotiations.

      March 02, 2023
      IDSA Comments
    • Drones are increasingly proving their relevance in a number of areas, including military. These unmanned systems could also have utility for different missions relating to nuclear science and technology. Although drones have demonstrated their usefulness in radiation monitoring in 1940s, yet their role as delivery vehicles is being debated. The weight, range, speed and endurance factors make a nuclear weapon country to prefer missiles and bombers. Technology is progressing very fast, and drones are taking advantage of the rapid developments in new technologies.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • The parties involved in the Ukraine–Russia conflict should privilege nuclear risk avoidance measures rather than indulge in nuclear sabre-rattling.

      September 23, 2022
      IDSA Comments