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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

    Dysfunctional Operating Environment in Defence: The Problem

    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.

    October 21, 2014

    Dysfunctional Operating Environment in Defence: The Malaise

    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.

    October 27, 2014

    Dysfunctional Operating Environment in Defence: Removing the Cobwebs

    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.

    November 05, 2014

    Avro-replacement programme hits air pocket

    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.

    November 25, 2014

    Rejig of Defence Budget 2014-15?

    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.

    January 23, 2015

    LUH Acquisition Programme: Which Way is it Headed?

    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.

    December 15, 2014

    Of Agents and Agency Commission in Defence

    Of Agents and Agency Commission in Defence

    Of Agents and Agency Commission in Defence

    December 31, 2014

    Impact of the Recommendations of the Standing Committee on Defence (15th Lok Sabha) on the Defence Budget

    The examination of the detailed demands for grant (DDGs) of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) by the Standing Committee on Defence of the 14th Lok Sabha (2004–05 to 2008–09) and recommendations made by the committee had little impact on the country’s defence budget. While the examination was generally perfunctory, the recommendations were either too general or too impractical to be implemented by MoD. This is the second of two articles that examines how the Standing Committee on Defence of the 15th Lok Sabha (2009–10 to 2013–14) followed the same pattern.

    January 2015

    Impact of the Recommendations of the Standing Committee on Defence (14th Lok Sabha) on the Defence Budget

    In the run-up to the voting on the budget, detailed demands for grant(DDGs) presented by various ministries to the Parliament are examinedby the departmentally-related standing committees. As Parliamentcannot possibly examine more than 100 DDGs presented to it everyyear, these committees are required to examine them in detail and reportback to the Parliament. One such committee is the Standing Committeeon Defence.

    October 2014

    Indo-US Cooperation in Defence Production: Hagel’s visit to India

    There now seems to be greater recognition of India’s concerns on transfer of technology and not just about co-production but also co-development of next generation weapons. The larger objective for India, however, must be to reduce its dependence on import of foreign equipment and modernize its armed forces in the quickest possible timeframe.

    August 13, 2014

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