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  • Strategic Partnership Model – formulation of the scheme a big challenge

    The objective of promoting Indian industry can be achieved in a simpler manner if after selecting the platform to be inducted MoD leaves it to the foreign OEM to tie up with the Indian company of its choice.

    May 22, 2017

    Preference for Local Industry in Defence Contracts: What India Can Do

    The new enabling provision in GFR-2017 provides the MoD a chance to amend its own procurement document and include a provision of production reservation and price preference for domestic industry.

    May 22, 2017

    Need for incorporating a limitation of liability clause in defence contracts

    It would be both graceful and fair to pay a reasonable amount that is seen as equitable compensation for infringement of the fundamental right to life or damages arising from tortious liability of the government.

    May 17, 2017

    Furthering India-Japan Defence Cooperation: Arun Jaitley indicates a new approach

    While there is no doubt that India could do with help from Japanese defence firms, the modality of acquiring technologies from foreign companies in general requires to be clearly articulated.

    May 15, 2017

    Raising Defence Budget to Three Per Cent of GDP

    Speaking at the United Service Institution on May 4, 2017, the Chief of the Army Staff said that India needs to spend much more on military modernisation to ensure that economic growth continues unhindered.

    May 08, 2017

    FDI in Defence: Need for Liberalisation and Simplification

    The government should set up a task force to engage with potential investors and investees and evolve a simplified FDI policy, which has different slabs for different kinds of activities and is free from terms and conditions that are difficult to understand and implement.

    May 04, 2017

    Examining the Case for Complete Transfer of Technology

    The relationship between the cost versus coverage of technology transferred, which likely follows the law of diminishing returns, would make technology acquisition beyond, say 80 per cent, increasingly cost prohibitive, with no matching and assured gains

    March 21, 2017

    Dual Charge – An Opportunity to Fix Financial Management in Defence

    It is important to restore the functional self-sufficiency of the finance division of a ministry which handles 17-18 per cent of the total central government expenditure so that it could discharge its responsibilities without real or perceived pressures.

    March 21, 2017

    Defence Expenditure: A Challenge for Defence Economists

    The basic challenge for defence economists is to demonstrate that there are other feasible ways of skinning the cat during budget formulation. But the challenge is also inextricably linked with the need for rationalisation of defence expenditure.

    March 14, 2017

    Rebooting the Defence Budget

    There is a strong case for abandoning the present approach of looking at the defence budget through the narrow prism of allocation and utilisation, and instead focus on outcomes.

    February 28, 2017

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