New Defense Agency in India

The government has finalized the broad contours of a new defense space agency which will develop capabilities to protect India’s interests in outer space and deal with threats of space wars, officials sources said Tuesday.

The need for developing counter-space capability was discussed threadbare at a meeting of Defense Planning Committee (DPC) chaired by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval in April. The DPC is working on “comprehensive” planning for the defense forces besides focusing on military doctrines to deal with emerging security challenges. A joint doctrine developed by the Army, Air Force and the Navy had also strongly recommended setting up of a Defense Space Agency along with a ‘Defense Cyber Agency’.