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  • Defence Investor Cell Needs Fleshing Out

    The Cell will remain hamstrung if its powers are not clearly defined, especially in regard to securing budgetary support which is to be provided by the Director General of Quality Assurance.

    April 24, 2018

    Creation of Defence Planning Committee: A Step towards Credible Defence Preparedness

    With the powerful DPC in place and the NSA assuming the role of de facto CDS for all practical purposes other than in operational matters, the defence planning process is expected to become more rational and provide a boost to defence preparedness.

    April 19, 2018

    Defence Budget: Beyond the Numbers

    Objectives and resources have to be in sync with each other and if adequate resources cannot be provided objectives have to be suitably recalibrated and alternative ways found to achieve them.

    April 16, 2018

    DefExpo 2018: Making India a Defence Manufacturing Hub and an Exporter of Arms

    The challenge lies in demonstrating to potential importers that India, currently the world’s largest arms importer, has the capacity to manufacture and export the equipment required by their armed forces.

    April 09, 2018

    Draft Defence Production Policy 2018: Challenges Galore

    The Draft Defence Production Policy 2018, which aims to promote the Make in India initiative in the defence sector and create a world-class arms manufacturing base, faces a number of challenges, which, if left unaddressed, may limit its usefulness.

    April 04, 2018

    Promises Galore in the Draft Defence Production Policy 2018

    The promises contained in the recently released draft are so intertwined that a comprehensive action plan would be required to implement all of them almost simultaneously for achieving the policy objective.

    April 02, 2018

    Cabinet Decides to Redefine MSMEs – Defence Sector to Benefit

    The new system of classifying enterprises based on annual turnover will be more reliable, transparent and objective as the qualifying criteria will be verifiable with reference to the data available in the Goods and Services Tax network.

    March 13, 2018

    Defence Budget 2018-19: Over to the Standing Committee for Scrutiny

    This Issue Brief highlights five major issues and concerns that may merit the SCoD’s attention while examining the latest Demands for Grants of the Ministry of Defence.

    February 26, 2018

    Defence Planning and Budget Dilemma

    The government decided to do away with the five year planning process in 2014. Therefore, there is no 13th plan. Despite this, MoD has gone ahead and formulated the 13th five year plan and submitted it to MoF for information only. Thus, the dilemma of defence planning and budget continues.

    Defence Budget 2018-19: The Imperative of Controlling Manpower Cost

    Like in the past several years, the defence budget for 2018-19 also grew marginally, with much of the growth being cornered by rising manpower cost.

    February 02, 2018

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