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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

An enigma called defence technology fund

August 27, 2014
An enigma called defence technology fund

There has been much speculation since 2011 about who is going to manage the proposed fund, how is it to be different from the already existing technology related heads in the defence budget, and how will the amount set aside for the purpose be utilized.

Giving Aero India 2015 a Make-in-India Touch

February 18, 2015
Giving Aero India 2015 a Make-in-India Touch

There is an urgent need to conceptualise a policy framework as to what Make-in-India implies so far as defence production is concerned and how it is different from the existing policy framework.

Making India a Defence Manufacturing Hub

October 07, 2014
Making India a Defence Manufacturing Hub

While the government is widely seen as investor-friendly, investment decisions, however, are made on more tangible considerations – ease of doing business, security of investment and intellectual property rights, and returns on investment.

Dysfunctional Operating Environment in Defence: The Problem

October 21, 2014
Dysfunctional Operating Environment in Defence: The Problem

Widespread problems have made the operating environment ‘dysfunctional and inefficient’. Some of this is on account of inscrutable issues like ‘integration of the services with the MoD’ or ‘civil-military relations’ but, in large part, the immediate problem lies with MoD’s inability to resolve more mundane issues.

Dysfunctional Operating Environment in Defence: The Malaise

October 27, 2014
Dysfunctional Operating Environment in Defence: The Malaise

There is no single agency in MoD to deal with these issues holistically. Generally, matters related to administrative powers are processed separately for each service by the administrative wings concerned with little concern for commonality.

Dysfunctional Operating Environment in Defence: Removing the Cobwebs

November 05, 2014
Dysfunctional Operating Environment in Defence:  Removing the Cobwebs

The effort to set right the operating environment has to start with creating a mechanism to review the existing devolution of power comprehensively based on clearly defined principles and not in an ad hoc manner.

Avro-replacement programme hits air pocket

November 25, 2014
Avro-replacement programme hits air pocket

Replacement of the Avro is an approved requirement. Scrapping the on-going process could delay acquisition of the transport aircraft by at least a year or two as it would inevitably involve revisiting the qualitative requirements (QRs) before restarting the tendering process.

Rejig of Defence Budget 2014-15?

January 23, 2015
Rejig of Defence Budget 2014-15?

If reports about the diversion of INR 13,000 crore from the capital segment of the defence budget to the revenue heads are true, it is an indication of the growing strain on the revenue budget.

LUH Acquisition Programme: Which Way is it Headed?

December 15, 2014
LUH Acquisition Programme: Which Way is it Headed?

It is difficult to visualise how the Russian offer to make LUH in India could be actualised unless the government invokes ‘strategic considerations’ for making it in India or signs an inter-governmental agreement for that purpose.

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