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  • Vinay Kaushal

    Distinguished Fellow
    Email: 
    kaushal.vinay@gmail.com
    Phone: 
    +91 11 2671 7983

    Group Captain Vinay Kaushal (Retd) was commissioned in the Accounts Branch of IAF in July 1975 and superannuated in May 2010. He held varied appointments in field formations, staff appointments at Air HQs and instructional appointment in training formation during his service career where he made substantial contributions in enhancing the level of services provided and changing the procedures through innovative methods to bring about efficiency and cost savings. He was commended by AOC-in-C Eastern Air Command in 1991 and by the Chief of Air Staff in 1998. For his distinguished services of very high order, he was conferred the Presidential award of Vishisht Seva Medal in 2006. He refined the costing of major activities of IAF and piloted the use of “Cost of Ownership’ model and “Life Cycle Cost” for acquisition. Presently he is Consultant with IDSA.

    Publications at IDSA

    Select Publications

    • The acrimonious debate in the public space on the acquisition of Rafale aircraft has been primarily focused on a few issues. The debate does not inform the public about the long, arduous and complex nature of the programme and the joint effort invested in it. The uniqueness of this programme is also not in the public domain. It does not specifically inform the lay person as to the rationale for restricting the numbers to two squadrons, and carries on oblivious of the collateral effect it may have on future acquisition programmes.

      IDSA Occasional Papers
    • The CAG report relating to the Indian Air Force has highlighted various anomalies and the unprofessional manner in which defence acquisitions are handled.

      February 22, 2019
      Issue Brief
    • Defence capability building and capability sustenance have been adversely affected over the past decade because of inadequate allocations and the status quo approach of the Defence Services.

      February 04, 2019
      IDSA Comments
    • The Defence Planning Committee needs to activate its ‘Plan and Capability Development’ Sub-committee and task them to review the 13th Defence Plan in a time bound manner.

      August 14, 2018
      IDSA Comments
    • 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.

      IDSA Occasional Papers
    • Innovative ways will have to be examined and existing systems, practices and procedures need to be questioned for finding optimum solutions to relieve budget stress.

      January 29, 2018
      Issue Brief
    • The contentious discourse in the media ignores the implications of state taxes on rising fuel prices.

      September 27, 2017
      Issue Brief
    • The past decade, and in particular the Twelfth Plan period, have been challenging times for the Indian defence budget. Strategic foresight demands that India’s military strength and capabilities relate to diverse challenges by way of a not unlikely two-front war, the attendant imperatives for a ‘Cold Start’ capability, non-conventional challenges from non-state actors, counter-terrorism capabilities and unavoidable internal security responsibilities.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • If the defence expenditure relationship to the GDP of 1.65 per cent is maintained, we may see a budget estimate (BE) for defence expenditure of Rs. 285,000 crores, against the current year BE of Rs. 249,099 crores.

      January 31, 2017
      Issue Brief
    • The presentation of the Union budget on February 1 is expected to ensure full utilisation of allocated funds and will ensure that ‘New Schemes’ can be processed, approved and contracted from April 1, 2017.

      January 27, 2017
      Issue Brief
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