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Laxman K Behera

Laxman K Behera is Research Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detail profile.

A French Solution to India’s Defence Acquisition Problem

August 29, 2016
A French Solution to India’s Defence Acquisition Problem

The biggest lesson that India can borrow is France’s integrated and centralised procurement structure, which has the dual responsibility of arms acquisition and defence industrial development.

Making FDI Count in Defence

June 22, 2016
Making FDI Count in Defence

It is rare that a foreign company makes a huge investment to produce major platforms in a third country with a view to make that country an export hub.

Indian Defence Industry: An Agenda for Making in India

2016
Indian Defence Industry: An Agenda for Making in India

Publisher: Pentagon Press
ISBN 978-81-8274-905-4
Price: Rs. 995 [Download E-copy]

This book thoroughly probes the Indian Defence industry and the policies pertaining to it. Based on hard core evidence, it identifies the key shortcomings of this vital sector and provides a detailed roadmap for the Modi government’s ambitious ‘Make in India’ programme to succeed in defence production sector. Though written with a clear focus on influencing policy making, the book is presented in an accessible format to be easily understood by the wider strategic community.

E-Copy available

Strategic Partnerships: A Critical Overview of the Aatre Task Force Report

April 26, 2016
Strategic Partnerships: A Critical Overview of the Aatre Task Force Report

The Task Force has not extended the principle of Strategic Partnership to the whole gamut of big contracts in which the private sector is supposed to play a major role. And it visualises strategic partners as poor cousins of state-owned entities.

DPP-2016: An Analytical Overview

April 12, 2016
DPP-2016: An Analytical Overview

Introduction of the ‘Buy (Indian-IDDM)’ procurement category, the revamped ‘Make’ procedure, structural change in AAP, and higher and flexible indigenous content requirement in certain procurement categories are all likely to deepen the involvement of domestic industry in defence production.

Defence Budget 2016-17: The Bigger Worry

March 22, 2016

Calculations reveal that the capital expenditure has been cut primarily to accommodate the rise in salary and pension bills arising out of the implementation of OROP scheme and the Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations.

Budget 2016: Holistic approach to defence planning is absent in India

March 05, 2016

Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Laxman Kumar Behera’s article on Defence planning in India, titled ‘Budget 2016: Holistic approach to defence planning is absent in India’ was published in ‘The Economic Times’ on March 5, 2016.

All About Pay and Perks: India’s Defence Budget 2016-17

March 03, 2016
All About Pay and Perks: India’s Defence Budget 2016-17

The two heads of expenditure which have witnessed significant growth in the defence budget 2016-17 are the salary component of the armed forces and the defence pensions.

Indian Defence Offset Policy: An Impact Analysis

October 2015

The article assesses the impact of defence offset policy on the Indian defence industry, by taking into account two key parameters—foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows and exports. It observes that the offset policy has a mixed impact. On the positive side, the offset policy seems to have an impact on certain types of exports. On the negative side, the policy has not been a catalyst in bringing in foreign investment and technology inflows into the Indian defence industry, nor has it been successful in promoting its high-end manufacturing.

‘Make in India’ in Defence Sector: An Overview of the Dhirendra Singh Committee Report

September 16, 2015
‘Make in India’ in Defence Sector: An Overview of the Dhirendra Singh Committee Report

While making a host of recommendations, the Dhirendra Singh Committee has been cautious in assessing their impact on the domestic industry.

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