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  • Indian Naval Sales – The Cautious Emergence of a New Supplier

    Indian Naval Sales – The Cautious Emergence of a New Supplier

    Should GRSE and GSL deliver satisfactory services to their export customers, there is considerable potential for India to position itself as a competitive supplier of small and medium warships and patrol crafts.

    June 22, 2016

    Making FDI Count in Defence

    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.

    June 22, 2016

    Integrating Defence Plans with Niti Aayog’s Long Term Vision

    Defence Plans and Niti Aayog

    While it may be tempting for the Niti Aayog to make deep inroads into defence planning, it would be wise to focus only on those areas that do not disturb the core function of defence preparedness.

    June 06, 2016

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

    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?

    April 29, 2016

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

    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.

    April 26, 2016

    Transfer of Defence Technology: A Critical Analysis

    Transfer of Defence Technology: A Critical Analysis

    ‘Transfer of Technology’ does not magically elevate defence production capabilities to cutting-edge levels and help attain future self-reliance because technology sellers employ restrictive trade practices to prevent such an eventuality.

    April 12, 2016

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

    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.

    April 11, 2016

    What the Standing Committee on Defence can do to improve the state of defence preparedness

    What the Standing Committee on Defence can do to improve the state of defence preparedness

    Rather than continuing to harp on issues like inadequacy of defence outlays, the committee could actually bring about a tangible improvement in the state of defence preparedness by focusing on four specific micro areas.

    April 04, 2016

    Defence Procurement Procedure 2016: Rebooting Defence Production and Procurement

    Defence Procurement Procedure 2016

    The best of policies and procedures can come to naught because of indecisiveness in decision-making. There is little in DPP 2016 that addresses the problems which beset decision-making in the MoD.

    March 30, 2016

    Defence Budget 2016-17: The Bigger Worry

    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.

    March 22, 2016

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