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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

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.

Defence Manufacturing: In Search of a Composite Policy Framework

May 11, 2015
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.

Distortions in the Discourse on Modernization of Armed Forces

July 2014

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.

New Twist in the MMRCA Tail

April 15, 2015
New Twist in the MMRCA Tail

MoD will do well to set up a crack team of experts from all fields to work out the terms of the proposed IGA keeping in view the larger picture of what happens after these 36 aircraft are inducted.

Making ‘Make-in-India’ Move in Defence Production

April 08, 2015
Making ‘Make-in-India’ Move in Defence Production

A loosely articulated idea of making India a defence manufacturing hub cannot work unless it is backed by a comprehensive blueprint, efficient procedures, meticulous implementation, trained and responsive manpower, continuous monitoring and quick decision-making.

Standing Committee on Defence (16th Lok Sabha): Striking Old Notes on Debut

April 2015

Three months after the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was swept to power at the centre in the general elections held in April–May 2014 to the 16th Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Indian Parliament), the Standing Committee on Defence was constituted under the chairmanship of Major General B.C. Khanduri (Retd.), former Chief Minister of the northern state of Uttarakhand and a prominent member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is the main constituent of the NDA.

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