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  • Defence Manufacturing: In Search of a Composite Policy Framework

    Defence Manufacturing: In Search of a Composite Policy Framework

    It is time the MoD considered creating structures and organizations that are not an intrinsic part of the ministerial set up to implement the production and procurement policies once these are formulated by the ministry.

    May 11, 2015

    Designing Sound Defence Offset Policies

    Designing Sound Defence Offset Policies

    Policymakers need to ask themselves ‘What Really Makes Offsets Tick?’ in order to develop an objective framework based on sound principles repeatedly noticed in the offset regulations of ‘The Smarter Lot’ of countries and in the process avoid committing the seven ‘original sins’ that a poorly-designed offset policy may entail.

    April 17, 2015

    New Twist in the MMRCA Tail

    New Twist in the MMRCA Tail

    MoD will do well to set up a crack team of experts from all fields to work out the terms of the proposed IGA keeping in view the larger picture of what happens after these 36 aircraft are inducted.

    April 15, 2015

    Making ‘Make-in-India’ Move in Defence Production

    Making ‘Make-in-India’ Move in Defence Production

    A loosely articulated idea of making India a defence manufacturing hub cannot work unless it is backed by a comprehensive blueprint, efficient procedures, meticulous implementation, trained and responsive manpower, continuous monitoring and quick decision-making.

    April 08, 2015

    Defence Budget 2015 -16: The Writing on the Wall

    Defence Budget 2015 -16: The Writing on the Wall

    It is a fairly simple exercise to estimate what the defence budget will be given available indicators. My assessment is that the Budget Estimate for defence is likely to be around Rs. 250,000 crore, with 105,000 crore for Capital Expenditure and 145,000 Crore for Revenue Expenditure.

    February 27, 2015

    The Imperative of Public Private Partnership in the Defence Aviation Industry

    The Imperative of Public Private Partnership in the Defence Aviation Industry

    It is necessary to evolve a long term strategy keeping in mind all the aircraft acquisition programmes, review the factors that contribute to determining the right numbers and begin the process of building a long term partnership with the private industry.

    December 03, 2014

    India’s Defence Procurement Procedure: Assessing the Case for Review and Reforms

    India’s Defence Procurement Procedure: Assessing the Case for Review and Reforms

    his Issue Brief examines certain provisions relating to intellectual property rights and transfer of technology in India’s defence procurement procedures, together with suggestions on streamlining the same for achieving enhanced procurement efficiencies in capital acquisitions.

    October 17, 2014

    Defence Budget 2015-16: The Bad, the Worse and the Good

    Defence Budget 2015-16: The Bad, the Worse and the Good

    The bad news in this year’s defence budget is that it does not recognise that things are not going in the right direction but only the beaten track. And the poor track record in fully utilising the resources allocated for ‘Modernisation’ is the worse news.

    March 02, 2015

    India’s Defence Budget 2015-16

    India’s Defence Budget 2015-16

    One area where the 2015-16 defence budget is likely to hurt the most is in capital acquisition, which has already been under acute pressure in recent years due to the overwhelming share of the ‘committed liabilities’ arising out of contracts already signed

    March 02, 2015

    Exchange Rate Variation in Defence Contracts in India

    Exchange Rate Variation in Defence Contracts in India

    This Brief analyses industry demands and reviews existing regulations in IT and defence procurement markets, culminating with suggestions on a possible way forward for reforms that can avoid adverse implications of industry demands, particularly in view of their potential conflict with important policies fostering indigenisation.

    October 31, 2014

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