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Defence Procurement

Examining the Case for Complete Transfer of Technology

March 21, 2017

The relationship between the cost versus coverage of technology transferred, which likely follows the law of diminishing returns, would make technology acquisition beyond, say 80 per cent, increasingly cost prohibitive, with no matching and assured gains

Sri Lanka’s Fighter Selection – An Opportunity for India

March 10, 2017

From all angles – political, economic, diplomatic and military – India is in a position to meet the SLAF’s potential combat aircraft requirements.

10 Questions the Standing Committee on Defence needs to ask MoD

February 13, 2017

The objective of asking these question should be to elicit information that generates a well-informed debate on, and facilitates the result-oriented monitoring of, the MoD’s handling of matters related to the defence budget.

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.

China’s Growing Arms Sales to Latin America

June 20, 2016
China Defence Sales

The United States, once the dominant influence over the armed forces of the region, is now in danger of losing that position to China and has already lost it in countries like Bolivia and Venezuela.

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

Buy (IDDM) or Buy (Indian): Horns of a Dilemma

April 29, 2016
Buy (IDDM) or Buy (Indian): Thorns of a Dilemma

If a product is indigenously designed, developed and manufactured, should the percentage of indigenous content in that product really matter so much?

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.

Discontinuance of National Five Year Plans – Time to Revaluate Defence Planning

April 11, 2016
India Defence Planning

Defence planning has had a troubled history since its inception, in spite of several experiments with the structures and processes of planning. It will, therefore, be in the fitness of things to re-evaluate the existing architecture of planning.

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