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

    India’s Defence Trade with Russia

    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.

    December 22, 2015

    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

    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.

    October 26, 2015

    Indo-US Defence Cooperation: Harvesting Defence Technologies

    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.

    October 13, 2015

    Exchange Rate Variation in Defence Contracts

    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.

    August 31, 2015

    Defence Offset Guidelines – A Long Overdue Tweak

    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.

    August 27, 2015

    On the Threshold of a New Procurement Regime

    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.

    July 23, 2015

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

    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.

    June 09, 2015

    Defence Manufacturing: In Search of a Composite Policy Framework

    Defence Manufacturing: In Search of a Composite Policy Framework

    It is time the MoD considered creating structures and organizations that are not an intrinsic part of the ministerial set up to implement the production and procurement policies once these are formulated by the ministry.

    May 11, 2015

    Distortions in the Discourse on Modernization of Armed Forces

    The strategic discourse on defence and security matters in India revolves around familiar themes and sub-themes, ranging from larger issues such as the absence of a clearly articulated national security policy to somewhat fractious issues such as the higher defence management, civil-military relations and modernization of the armed forces.

    July 2014

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