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

    A Requiem for 2016

    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.

    January 02, 2017

    Blacklisting Policy on the Anvil

    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.

    November 10, 2016

    Integrating Defence Plans with Niti Aayog’s Long Term Vision

    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.

    June 06, 2016

    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

    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

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