Amit Cowshish

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

    Defence Production Policy 2011: Need for Reinvigoration

    A thorough and honest review of the progress made so far is essential for arresting the drift in the Defence Production Policy and for course correction.

    October 25, 2012

    Defence Procurement Procedure The Unfinished Agenda

    It has been a long time since the first set of instructions on defence procurement was issued in 1992. Since then, however, there have been several refinements and additions, based on the feedback from the stakeholders and the experience of the Defence Ministry itself, culminating in the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2011. This is presently under review and it would be reasonable to expect that the changes being contemplated will result in further refinement of the procedure and address some of the concerns expressed from time to time.

    July 2012

    A Perspective on Defence Planning in India

    The available literature on defence planning in India does not make for very encouraging reading. A few things stand out. Firstly, there is an acute dearth, if not almost complete absence, of authentic official accounts and analysis of what has gone on in the name of defence planning over the last six decades. Secondly, narratives based either on personal recollection or on opinions and views of those who have directly or indirectly been associated with defence planning at different points of time have filled this void. Others have chipped in too.

    July 2012

    Potential Improvements in the Defence Service Estimates

    A healthy public discourse could infuse much needed fresh ideas in the management of huge defence outlays. This would be possible only if budget outlays are presented in a demystified format.

    April 2009

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