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  • Atma Nirbhar in Defence Technology

    While the steps stipulated in draft DAP-2020 to enable smooth acquisition of systems indigenously designed by DRDO and other public sector entities are a right move, they need to be strengthened further to make procedures more robust and conducive for timely completion of projects.

    August 10, 2020

    Should MoD Persist with Defence Offsets?

    The changes proposed in the offset guidelines require a fresh look, both on conceptual and empirical grounds, as the new regime is likely to yield diminishing returns.

    August 07, 2020

    Estimating India’s Defence Manpower

    India needs to have a public version of defence manpower database as part of its annual budgetary document. This would facilitate greater understanding and analysis of any possible manpower-related reforms in the future.

    August 04, 2020

    Expediting Negotiation in Defence Contracts

    Finetuning negotiation protocols and limiting the scope of negotiations could result in rapid conclusion of negotiations and contract finalisation.

    June 19, 2020

    Refining Draft Defence Offset Guidelines 2020

    The draft offset guidelines 2020, with revamped features, is a bold attempt at attracting technology and investment as well as promoting defence exports. However, the MoD may consider further refining some of the features of the revised guidelines.

    June 08, 2020

    Role of Political Guidance for Self-Reliance in Defence

    Self-reliance in defence may be better realised if India’s military instrument were to be shaped by political guidance and geopolitical considerations instead of being carried away by the contemporary winds of COVID-19.

    June 01, 2020

    Defence Sector Reforms: A Long Haul

    Although the new measures announced to fast-track the defence sector are significant, they do not add up to a comprehensive and overarching reforms package.

    May 20, 2020

    Draft DPP-2020: Standard Contract Document

    Inclusion of new clauses in the draft DPP-2020 and changes made in some of the existing ones are intended to make the SCD more comprehensive. However, there is a scope for bringing about textual clarity in the new as well as some of the existing clauses of the SCD, especially those which have been modified.

    May 14, 2020

    Draft DPP 2020: Post-Contract Management

    Redrafting the chapter on post-contract management, expatiating the concept of contract operating officers and clearly defining their role and responsibilities vis-à-vis the other agencies, could go a long way in serving its purpose.

    May 08, 2020

    Draft DPP 2020 - Legacy Issues in Offset Guidelines

    It would be advisable to review the proposed offset guidelines keeping in view the feedback from the industry, especially the foreign vendors who carry the primary obligation to execute the offset contract, as also the legacy issues.

    April 30, 2020

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