Amit Cowshish

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  • Amit Cowshish is a former Financial Advisor (Acquisition), Ministry of Defence and presently a Distinguished Fellow with the Indian Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Click here for Detailed Profile

    13th Five-Year Defence Plan (2017-22) – A re-run of the past

    13th Five-Year Defence Plan (2017-22) – A re-run of the past

    Achieving the intended outcomes of the 13th five-year defence plan is critically dependent on the ability of the Ministry of Finance to increase the defence budget by at least 100 per cent from next year onward.

    July 31, 2017

    Need for nurturing the ‘Make’ projects

    It would be a bold gesture if MoD decides to categorise all development projects under Make-II. This will send a strong message to the industry and to the nation about MoD’s earnestness to promote private sector participation.

    July 14, 2017

    DIPP Accords Preference to Local Suppliers in Public Procurement

    Indian industry, which is the intended beneficiary of this preference policy, needs to play a proactive role in facilitating the smooth implementation of the order.

    July 07, 2017

    Ten Imponderables in the Strategic Partnership Scheme

    Why the objective sought to be achieved through the strategic partnership scheme could not be attained by resorting to an existing provision in DPP 2016?

    June 22, 2017

    India–Israel Defence Trade: Issues and Challenges

    To achieve strategically critical self-reliance in defence production, there needs to be a greater focus on co-development, co-production projects with important partners like Israel, with an essential emphasis on exports to third countries. For the full realisation of the potential of the India–Israel defence partnership, India on its part needs to strengthen elements of its procurement processes—including the proper implementation of laid down policies.

    July 2017

    Fog clears over industrial licensing for defence industry but questions remain

    There seems to be no clear advantage of giving an overarching role to the Ministry of Home Affairs as regards formulation of policy or grant of industrial licence for manufacture or export of defence items.

    May 29, 2017

    Strategic Partnership Model – formulation of the scheme a big challenge

    The objective of promoting Indian industry can be achieved in a simpler manner if after selecting the platform to be inducted MoD leaves it to the foreign OEM to tie up with the Indian company of its choice.

    May 22, 2017

    Need for incorporating a limitation of liability clause in defence contracts

    It would be both graceful and fair to pay a reasonable amount that is seen as equitable compensation for infringement of the fundamental right to life or damages arising from tortious liability of the government.

    May 17, 2017

    Furthering India-Japan Defence Cooperation: Arun Jaitley indicates a new approach

    While there is no doubt that India could do with help from Japanese defence firms, the modality of acquiring technologies from foreign companies in general requires to be clearly articulated.

    May 15, 2017

    Raising Defence Budget to Three Per Cent of GDP

    Speaking at the United Service Institution on May 4, 2017, the Chief of the Army Staff said that India needs to spend much more on military modernisation to ensure that economic growth continues unhindered.

    May 08, 2017

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