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

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

    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?

    April 29, 2016

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

    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.

    April 2016

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

    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.

    April 11, 2016

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

    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.

    April 04, 2016

    Defence Procurement Procedure 2016: Rebooting Defence Production and Procurement

    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.

    March 30, 2016

    Metamorphosis of the Defence Budget 2016-17

    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

    March 02, 2016

    Nurturing Capital Acquisitions

    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.

    February 25, 2016

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

    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.

    January 2016

    New Defence Procurement Procedure: A Stimulating Preview

    New Defence Procurement Procedure: A Stimulating Preview

    The Defence Acquisition Council has decided to introduce a new category of Indian Designed, Developed and Manufactured equipment. This will be the most preferred category, ahead of ‘Buy (Indian)’, which presently occupies the pride of place.

    January 20, 2016

    2015: A Year of Work-in-Progress for Defence

    2015: A Year of Work-in-Progress for Defence

    The issues confronting the defence establishment at the beginning of the year broadly related to defence policy, human resource management and operational preparedness.

    December 29, 2015

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