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  • Laxman Kumar Behera

    Research Fellow
    Email: 
    laxmanbehera@gmail.com
    Phone: 
    +91 11 2671 7983 Extn 7122

    Dr. Laxman Kumar Behera joined IDSA in September 2006. He specialises on issues related to Arms Procurement, Defence Offsets, Defence Industry, Military Spending, and Export Control. Dr. Behera has authored numerous policy-relevant research publications. His book Indian Defence Industry: An Agenda for Making in India provides a comprehensive analysis of India’s evolving arms manufacturing sector. Dr. Behera has given numerous talks on defence, security and finance related issues in prestigious training and academic institutes, including College of Defence Management, National Academy of Defence Production, National Institute of Financial Management and Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. Dr. Behera was closely associated with several high level Committees set up by the Ministry of Defence to examine Defence Acquisition and Defence Expenditure. He worked as a Consultant to the Taskforce on Defence Modernisation and Self-reliance, constituted by the National Security Council Secretariat. The Report, presented to the Prime Minister, had been the basis for several reforms carried through the Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP). He has been part of three IDSA study teams that prepared reports for the Seventh Central Pay Commission; Expenditure Management Commission, Ministry of Finance; and Director General (Acquisition), MoD.

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    • Considering that the defence capital expenditure already accounts for a very high share in the central government’s overall capital spend, any substantial hike in the former’s share looks less likely. This is more so given the government’s priority to spend on infrastructure and other non-defence capital assets to revive the economic growth.

      February 04, 2020
      Issue Brief
    • Having decided to create the post of CDS, the next logical step for the government is to define its charter of duties and responsibilities. The government needs to examine not just the CDS’s role as a single-point military advisor, but also his role in other matters that are equally important in driving critical defence reforms.

      November 21, 2019
      IDSA Comments
    • The government’s decision to allow the private sector to undertake the development of complex defence equipment is a step in the right direction. It will help forge a larger innovation system to meet the diverse requirements of national security. However, caution may be required to avoid duplication of efforts and prevent indirect import.

      October 23, 2019
      IDSA Comments
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Laxman Behera’s article on the proposed corporatization of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), titled ‘Rebuilding ordnance factories’ has been published in Business Standard on August 30, 2019.

      In a bold move, the government has floated a proposal to corporatise the Kolkata-headquartered Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), under which there are 41 factories with combined manpower strength of over 82,000, writes Dr Behera.

      August 30, 2019
      IDSA News
    • As a corporatised entity, the OFB will be in a far better position to respond to the market dynamics and face the competition effectively.

      August 21, 2019
      IDSA Comments
    • With the latest Union budget keeping the MoD interim allocation unchanged, the MoD has an uphill task in managing its resources and in funding its modernisation programmes.

      July 08, 2019
      Issue Brief
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Laxman Behera’s article on defence allocation in the new budget, titled, ‘Economic Situation to Weigh Heavily on Resource Allocation Decisions’ has been published by NDTV Profit on June 18, 2019.

      The difficult situations that the economy is presently going through will weigh heavily on Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s resource allocation decisions, writes Dr Behera.

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      June 18, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Implementing the outlined 27 reform measures in four broad areas – Planning, Defence Budget, Acquisition and Make in India – would strengthen defence preparedness and build a credible defence industrial base.

      June 06, 2019
      Policy Brief
    • India needs a comprehensive space security architecture consisting of a dedicated Space Command for operational aspects as well as an exclusive Defence Space Research Agency to focus on scientific and technical aspects.

      April 09, 2019
      IDSA Comments
    • That the AK-203 would be produced in India with 100 per cent indigenous content in less than three years makes it a win-win deal for the Army and the Make in India initiative, with Ordnance Factory Korwa emerging as the biggest winner.

      March 11, 2019
      IDSA Comments

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