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

    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.

    March 03, 2016

    Defence Budget 2016-17: A Clear Message to the Armed Forces

    Defence Budget 2016-17: A Clear Message to the Armed Forces

    It is time India devised appropriate tactics to meet the current threat. It is imperative that the armed forces prepare for ‘the most likely scenario’ rather than ‘the worst case scenario’. But to be fair, this can only be done when there exists a clear national military policy/strategy.

    March 02, 2016

    Metamorphosis of the Defence Budget 2016-17

    Metamorphosis of the Defence Budget 2016-17

    The defence budget for the next fiscal has been completely restructured, making it difficult to make like-to-like comparisons. The growth in the defence budget is bound to disappoint the strategic community, notwithstanding the economic factors that may be responsible for it

    March 02, 2016

    Union Budget 2016-17: Deciphering the Defence Budget

    Deciphering the Defence Budget

    The underutilisation of allocated funds suggest that the meagre funds available in the modernisation budget after catering for committed liabilities have not been fully utilised. Thus, a thorough introspection for better expenditure management is needed.

    March 01, 2016

    Nurturing Capital Acquisitions

    India Defence procurement

    While taking stock of the acquisition proposals and projects is critical for bringing in efficiency in defence procurements, the focus on statistics dissembles some important issues.

    February 25, 2016

    Analysis Based Forecast of Revised Estimates of Defence Budget 2015-16: Who Bails Out Whom?

    Analysis Based Forecast of Revised Estimates of Defence Budget 2015-16: Who Bails Out Whom?

    Sustaining and building defence capabilty is a continuous process. It requires both adequate budget allocations and full, efficient and judicous utilisation of the allocated budget. This does not appear to have happened in the immediate past and the trend appears to continue in the current year.

    February 23, 2016

    New Defence Procurement Procedure: A Stimulating Preview

    New Defence Procurement Procedure: A Stimulating Preview

    The Defence Acquisition Council has decided to introduce a new category of Indian Designed, Developed and Manufactured equipment. This will be the most preferred category, ahead of ‘Buy (Indian)’, which presently occupies the pride of place.

    January 20, 2016

    2015: A Year of Work-in-Progress for Defence

    2015: A Year of Work-in-Progress for Defence

    The issues confronting the defence establishment at the beginning of the year broadly related to defence policy, human resource management and operational preparedness.

    December 29, 2015

    Make in India and the Expanding Scope for India-Japan Defence Cooperation

    India’s defence modernisation presents enormous opportunities for the Japanese defence industry, which until recently concentrated exclusively on the domestic market in order to demonstrate Japan’s commitment to peace.

    December 29, 2015

    Restoration of Inherent Financial Powers of Defence Services

    Restoration of Inherent Financial Powers of Defence Services

    The MoD Order mentions that the IFAs are expected to give due attention to macro- management issues, highlighting the need for them to be involved in the planning and plan-review process. These are laudable objectives, but a well-knit mechanism for their implementation does not seem to exist at present.

    November 12, 2015

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