Amit Cowshish

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  • Amit Cowshish is a former Financial Advisor (Acquisition), Ministry of Defence and former Consultant, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for Detailed Profile

    Who is Responsible for Defence of India?

    Defence of India is a multi-dimensional responsibility involving coordination with not only organisations within MoD, but also several external departments and agencies. Irrespective of whether the subject of defence of India is assigned to DoD or DMA, it is the defence minister who is responsible for the subjects allocated to the ministry.

    July 22, 2021

    Indigenisation – In Need of Policy Framework

    There is a need to formulate a composite policy that focuses on indigenisation in high priority technology areas, shedding the notion that it must necessarily result in savings. A more modest and focussed mission-mode approach to indigenisation can produce better results.

    July 09, 2021

    Decoding Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020

    The Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP 2020), which supersedes the Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 (DPP 2016), is a sincere effort by the Ministry of Defence to improve the capital procurement procedure.

    November 20, 2020

    Other Capital Procurement Procedure: A Chip off the Old Block

    The OCPP is a mix of revenue and capital procurement procedures, based on the Defence Procurement Manual 2006. It could have been an opportunity to lay down a more self-contained procedure.

    October 23, 2020

    Increase in FDI Cap Alone Not Enough for Defence Sector

    Raising the FDI limit by itself may not enthuse the foreign investors as per the expectations. To make the defence sector more attractive for foreign investment, a whole lot of other related issues will have to be addressed by the government.

    September 14, 2020

    Impact of Embargo on Defence Imports

    It would be helpful if MoD issues a formal order addressing the concerns expressed by various stakeholders about certain aspects of the negative list, especially its impact on projects that involve foreign OEMs and the purpose of bifurcating the capital budget.

    August 14, 2020

    Should MoD Persist with Defence Offsets?

    The changes proposed in the offset guidelines require a fresh look, both on conceptual and empirical grounds, as the new regime is likely to yield diminishing returns.

    August 07, 2020

    Expediting Negotiation in Defence Contracts

    Finetuning negotiation protocols and limiting the scope of negotiations could result in rapid conclusion of negotiations and contract finalisation.

    June 19, 2020

    Defence Sector Reforms: A Long Haul

    Although the new measures announced to fast-track the defence sector are significant, they do not add up to a comprehensive and overarching reforms package.

    May 20, 2020

    Draft DPP-2020: Standard Contract Document

    Inclusion of new clauses in the draft DPP-2020 and changes made in some of the existing ones are intended to make the SCD more comprehensive. However, there is a scope for bringing about textual clarity in the new as well as some of the existing clauses of the SCD, especially those which have been modified.

    May 14, 2020

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