Kartik Bommakanti

Associate Fellow

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Kartik Bommakanti is an Associate Fellow with the Strategic Studies Programme at the ORF. He is currently working on a project centered on India’s Space Military Strategy vis-à-vis China. Bommakanti broadly specializes in space military issues, and more specifically the relationship between the space medium and terrestrial warfare. Space military issues as the focus of his research is primarily on the Asia-Pacific. He alsowritten and researches on nuclear, conventional and sub-conventional coercion, particularly in the context of the Indian Subcontinent and the role of great powers in the Subcontinent’s strategic dynamics. Bommakanti has published in peer reviewed journals. Some of his notable publications include:

Kartik Bommakanti, “Satellite Integration and Multiple Independently RetargetableReentry Vehicles Technology: Indian–United States Civilian Space Cooperation,” Astropolitics, Vol. 7, Issue 1, 2009, pp. 7-31.

Kartik Bommakanti, “Coercion and Control: Explaining India's Victory at Kargil,” India Review, Vol. 10, Issue 3, 2011, pp. 293-328.

Kartik Bommakanti, “The Use of Force—Stability and Instability: India, Pakistan, and China,” India Review, Vol. 11, Issue 3, 2012, pp. 161-190.


  • Space
  • Strategic Coercion
  • Strategy and Space Military Technology

Past Position(s)

  • Senior Analyst,S. RajaratnamSchool of International Studies, Singapore
  • Research Associate, Center for Airpower Studies, New Delhi
  • Research Assistant, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi
  • Research Intern, Center for Defense Information, Washington D.C.
  • South Asia Intern, Armed Conflict Data Base, International Institute of Strategic Studies, London


  • A. (Hons.), Flinders University, Adelaide
  • MRes, War Studies, King’s College London
  • A., International Policy Studies, (nonproliferation), Monterey Institute of International Studies, Middlebury College.

Language Fluency

  • English
  • Telugu (Only limited speaking proficiency)
  • Hindi (Only limited Speaking, writing and reading proficiency)