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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

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.

New Defence Procurement Procedure: A Stimulating Preview

January 20, 2016
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.

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

December 29, 2015
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.

India’s Defence Trade with Russia

December 22, 2015
India’s Defence Trade with Russia

It will take just a few deals to be sealed, especially of the co-development/co-production variety, for the present drift in relations being arrested and brought back on an even keel.

Repairing Relations With India's Neighbors

December 13, 2015

Distinguished Fellow, IDSA, Mr Amit Cowshish’s commentary on India’s defence relations with its neighbours, titled ‘Repairing Relations With India's Neighbors’ was published in Defense News on December 13, 2015.

Bugbears in MoD Guidelines on Handling of Complaints

October 26, 2015
Bugbears in MoD Guidelines on Handling of Complaints

The MoD guidelines on handling of complaints do not seem to be free from potentially crippling afflictions. Conceptual ambiguity can easily defeat the purpose of the guidelines.

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