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Amit Cowshish

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

10 Questions the Standing Committee on Defence needs to ask MoD

February 13, 2017

The objective of asking these question should be to elicit information that generates a well-informed debate on, and facilitates the result-oriented monitoring of, the MoD’s handling of matters related to the defence budget.

Would a Non-Lapsable Defence Modernisation Fund Work?

February 10, 2017

There is a plethora of evidence to show that the problem of establishing a Defence Modernisation Fund does not lie with any ‘rules of business’, but instead with its merit and workability.

Defence Budget 2017-18: Chugging Along

February 02, 2017

Budget is not just all about figures but also a statement of policy. The Defence Budget for 2017-18 contains no hint of any intention of the government to bring about a paradigm shift in the defence policy.

Defence Budget 2017-18: Beyond the Numbers

January 30, 2017

There is a need to go beyond stale issues and have a more meaningful and dispassionate discussion on how to make the best use of the allocations made for defence.

Making it Palatable – Managing Food Supply in the Armed Forces

January 18, 2017

With some innovative thinking, on-line arrangements with suppliers, including the Canteen Stores Department, could reduce the cost of storage and distribution and, more importantly, help in maintaining a high satisfaction level among troops.

A Requiem for 2016

January 02, 2017

Higher Defence Management, Civil-military relations and force modernisation were three critical areas in which there was little or no movement in the year gone by.

Blacklisting Policy on the Anvil

November 10, 2016

The proposed blacklisting policy of the Ministry of Defence must be comprehensive enough to ensure that no loose ends are left to be tied at time of implementation.

Integrating Defence Plans with Niti Aayog’s Long Term Vision

June 06, 2016
Defence Plans and Niti Aayog

While it may be tempting for the Niti Aayog to make deep inroads into defence planning, it would be wise to focus only on those areas that do not disturb the core function of defence preparedness.

A recurring scandal

May 06, 2016

Distinguished Fellow, IDSA, Mr Amit Cowshish’s article on Agusta Westland deal, titled ‘A recurring scandal’ was published in The Indian Express on May 6, 2016.

Buy (IDDM) or Buy (Indian): Horns of a Dilemma

April 29, 2016
Buy (IDDM) or Buy (Indian): Thorns of a Dilemma

If a product is indigenously designed, developed and manufactured, should the percentage of indigenous content in that product really matter so much?

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