Reference News Network reported on June 13 that the website of American diplomats published Rajeswali Pillay Rajagopalans article India will hold the first simulated space warfare exercise on June 12, which is summarized as follows:
The Indian government seems to be preparing for a desktop military exercise called IndSpaceEx, in which all stakeholders, including the military and the scientific community, will participate. Reporting on this development requires careful observation from the broader perspective of Indias space policy, as it is against the background that India has made some key advances in the field of outer space, including demonstrating its anti-satellite capabilities and establishing a new three-armed forces Defense and Space Agency.
For India, space has been a relatively peaceful area for nearly 30 years, but this is changing. Competition in outer space is much stronger nowadays. Politics on the ground cast a long and heavy shadow on outer space.
While space is becoming more and more important to national security and conventional military operations, countries are developing space countermeasure capabilities, trying to deprive their opponents of their advantages by using space assets.
The increasingly competitive nature of space has prompted India to change its attitude towards outer space from a purely non-military and peaceful attitude to a position that is clearly characterized by certain military characteristics, determined by changing security realities. Military forces around the world are emphasizing the centralization of networks, which in turn highlights the importance of space for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR). As these areas become more networked, they also become more vulnerable, while anti-satellite weapons also lead to unstable prospects for outer space.
Indias anti-satellite demonstration earlier this year was important to verify its deterrence capability. At the same time, the establishment of the new Defense and Space Agency of the three armed forces (headquartered in Bangalore) is an important institutional initiative, demonstrating the increasing integration of Indias space capabilities.
Reports of the IndSpaceEx exercise should be interpreted as part of these broader developments. It is reported that the exercise will be held at the end of July under the leadership of the Integrated Defense Staff Department of the Ministry of Defense. One of its objectives is to better understand the current and emerging challenges in the field of space security.
India must develop capabilities to protect its assets and ensure the realization of its national interests, and this exercise is also aimed at better assessing its capabilities in this regard. India is increasingly aware of the growing threat of outer space, both natural and man-made.
Such exercises are not uncommon. In fact, think tanks and governments of all major space nations have conducted desktop and simulation exercises to understand the dynamics of space security crises, major weaknesses and capacity gaps during conflicts. These exercises may then affect decision-making.
The Indian governments proposed military exercises appear to be more concise on the project schedule, mainly involving understanding Indias vulnerability and gaps in space security and identifying what technological capabilities India needs to develop and strengthen to build effective deterrence.
On March 27, in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, people watched Indian Prime Minister Modi deliver a televised speech. Indian Prime Minister Modi said in a televised speech on the 27th that India has successfully shot down a low-orbit satellite with an anti-satellite missile. Modi called the test a major breakthrough for India in space. Xinhua News Agency (Javid Dahl)
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