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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

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?

Reorganisation of Defence Outlay for 2016–17: A Tepid Affair

April 2016

Beginning 2016–17, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) will present four detailed demands for grant (DDGs)1 instead of eight that it had been presenting to the Lok Sabha2 in the past. It is not that its area of responsibility has shrunk. The reason why the number of demands has come down is that the budgetary outlays earlier spread over eight demands have now been compressed into four.

Discontinuance of National Five Year Plans – Time to Revaluate Defence Planning

April 11, 2016
India Defence Planning

Defence planning has had a troubled history since its inception, in spite of several experiments with the structures and processes of planning. It will, therefore, be in the fitness of things to re-evaluate the existing architecture of planning.

What the Standing Committee on Defence can do to improve the state of defence preparedness

April 04, 2016
What the Standing Committee on Defence can do to improve the state of defence preparedness

Rather than continuing to harp on issues like inadequacy of defence outlays, the committee could actually bring about a tangible improvement in the state of defence preparedness by focusing on four specific micro areas.

Defence Procurement Procedure 2016: Rebooting Defence Production and Procurement

March 30, 2016
Defence Procurement Procedure 2016

The best of policies and procedures can come to naught because of indecisiveness in decision-making. There is little in DPP 2016 that addresses the problems which beset decision-making in the MoD.

Metamorphosis of the Defence Budget 2016-17

March 02, 2016
Metamorphosis of the Defence Budget 2016-17

The defence budget for the next fiscal has been completely restructured, making it difficult to make like-to-like comparisons. The growth in the defence budget is bound to disappoint the strategic community, notwithstanding the economic factors that may be responsible for it

Nurturing Capital Acquisitions

February 25, 2016
India Defence procurement

While taking stock of the acquisition proposals and projects is critical for bringing in efficiency in defence procurements, the focus on statistics dissembles some important issues.

Galvanising ‘Make in India’ in Defence: The Experts’ Committee Chips In

January 2016

In spite of spending close to Rs 500,000 crore on capital acquisitions between 2002–03 and 2014–15, the Indian Armed Forces continue to suffer from a chronic shortage of equipment and ammunition, low levels of serviceability of equipment already in service, and a heavy dependence on imports. The procurement programmes keep getting stalled or take inordinately long to fructify. There are several reasons for this morass; the primary ones being disjointed defence planning, limited budgetary support for modernisation of the armed forces, procedural complexities, and bureaucratic indolence.