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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

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.

Indo-US Defence Cooperation: Harvesting Defence Technologies

October 13, 2015

There are no laid down procedures for procurement of technology per se. Existing procedures relate to procurement of equipment, weapons systems, platforms and other tangible capabilities.

Exchange Rate Variation in Defence Contracts

August 31, 2015
Exchange Rate Variation in Defence Contracts

The 19th August amendment to the Defence Procurement Procedure of 2013 extends the provision of exchange rate variation to Indian vendors under all the procurement categories of capital acquisition.

Defence Offset Guidelines – A Long Overdue Tweak

August 27, 2015
Defence Offset Guidelines – A Long Overdue Tweak

The 5th August amendment to the offset guidelines exemplifies how difficult it is to let go of unnecessary controls.

On the Threshold of a New Procurement Regime

July 23, 2015
On the Threshold of a New Procurement Regime

Recommendations that defence procurement be handled by the military brass, ministers stay out of defence deals, and an external procurement agency be set up to handle procurement and focus on indigenization are indeed extraordinary.

Ammunition for the Indian Army: C&AG Rings Alarm Bells

June 09, 2015
Ammunition for the Indian Army: C&AG Rings Alarm Bells

MoD will have to make sure that no weapon system is purchased unless an arrangement is made for sustained supply of ammunition, not necessarily through the OFB.

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