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

    Nurturing Capital Acquisitions

    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.

    February 25, 2016

    Galvanising ‘Make in India’ in Defence: The Experts’ Committee Chips In

    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.

    January 2016

    New Defence Procurement Procedure: A Stimulating Preview

    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.

    January 20, 2016

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

    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.

    December 29, 2015

    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

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