In recent years, India has gained unprecedented access to high-quality, sensitive military equipment from the West. But rather than focus on qualitative advances to its arsenal utilizing these technologies, Delhi continues to focus on quantitative improvements to its conventional forces, which is perceived as threatening to India’s neighbors. Abhijit Iyer-Mitra explored the technological and doctrinal fault lines between India’s hardware purchases and its lack of operational gains. Carnegie’s Toby Dalton moderated the discussion.
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra is program coordinator of the Centre for Strategic Studies at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi and a visiting research scholar at the Cooperative Monitoring Center at Sandia National Laboratories.
Toby Dalton is the deputy director of Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. An expert on nonproliferation and nuclear energy, his research focuses on cooperative nuclear security initiatives and the management of nuclear challenges in South Asia and East Asia.