Kapil Patil is Associate Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), New Delhi. His research interests include defence procurement, S&T policy, emerging technologies, nuclear policy and national security-related issues. He holds PhD from School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Previously, he worked as Senior Research Fellow at the Indian Pugwash Society, New Delhi for the BRNS-DAE research project and co-authored a book titled, India’s Nuclear Energy Programme: Challenges, Prospects, and Public Concerns (Pentagon Press. 2014). He is the recipient of the 2018 Emerging Leaders Fellowship conferred by the Korean Ministry of Unification, and also an alumnus of the Nuclear History Boot Camp (2011) jointly organised by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC and the University of Roma Tre. His research is featured in academic journals as well as in current affairs magazines such as Global Energy Monitor, Nautilus, The Diplomat, Swaraj, and the CBW Magazine.

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Can the Integrated Battle Groups Reinforce India’s Conventional Deterrence? In a significant decision last month, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has officially cleared the proposal for launching the first Integrated Battle Group (IBG) under the Indian Army’s 9 Corps, which will be deployed along India’s Western Border....

CDS Appointment: An Opportunity to Streamline Defence Acquisitions Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day announcement from the ramparts of Red Fort to create Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) constitutes a major milestone in the history of India’s defence reforms1. The appointment of CDS was one...

What Can India Learn from China’s ‘Indigenous Innovation’ Policies In recent years, ‘indigenous innovation’ has become the buzzword in China’s industrial paradigm for promoting the development of Chinese domestic standards and technologies. Outlined in the 2006 National Medium-and Long-Term Program for Science...

What does recent sentencing of its officials tell about the Pakistan Army redefining the contours of ‘nationalism’? Two former senior army officials and a civilian working for what the army termed as "sensitive organization" were awarded rigorous sentences under the Pakistan Army Act and Official Secrets Act on charges of espionage. While Lt. Gen (Retd) Javed Iqba...

After INF, the Future of New-START Hangs in Balance After the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty early this year, the uncertainty surrounding the extension of New-START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) is growing with each passing day. President Trump and...

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