Amit Cowshish

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  • Amit Cowshish is a former Financial Advisor (Acquisition), Ministry of Defence and presently a Distinguished Fellow with the Indian Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Click here for Detailed Profile

    Exchange Rate Variation in Defence Contracts

    Exchange Rate Variation in Defence Contracts

    The 19th August amendment to the Defence Procurement Procedure of 2013 extends the provision of exchange rate variation to Indian vendors under all the procurement categories of capital acquisition.

    August 31, 2015

    Defence Offset Guidelines – A Long Overdue Tweak

    Defence Offset Guidelines – A Long Overdue Tweak

    The 5th August amendment to the offset guidelines exemplifies how difficult it is to let go of unnecessary controls.

    August 27, 2015

    On the Threshold of a New Procurement Regime

    On the Threshold of a New Procurement Regime

    Recommendations that defence procurement be handled by the military brass, ministers stay out of defence deals, and an external procurement agency be set up to handle procurement and focus on indigenization are indeed extraordinary.

    July 23, 2015

    Ammunition for the Indian Army: C&AG Rings Alarm Bells

    Ammunition for the Indian Army: C&AG Rings Alarm Bells

    MoD will have to make sure that no weapon system is purchased unless an arrangement is made for sustained supply of ammunition, not necessarily through the OFB.

    June 09, 2015

    Defence Manufacturing: In Search of a Composite Policy Framework

    Defence Manufacturing: In Search of a Composite Policy Framework

    It is time the MoD considered creating structures and organizations that are not an intrinsic part of the ministerial set up to implement the production and procurement policies once these are formulated by the ministry.

    May 11, 2015

    Distortions in the Discourse on Modernization of Armed Forces

    The strategic discourse on defence and security matters in India revolves around familiar themes and sub-themes, ranging from larger issues such as the absence of a clearly articulated national security policy to somewhat fractious issues such as the higher defence management, civil-military relations and modernization of the armed forces.

    July 2014

    New Twist in the MMRCA Tail

    New Twist in the MMRCA Tail

    MoD will do well to set up a crack team of experts from all fields to work out the terms of the proposed IGA keeping in view the larger picture of what happens after these 36 aircraft are inducted.

    April 15, 2015

    Making ‘Make-in-India’ Move in Defence Production

    Making ‘Make-in-India’ Move in Defence Production

    A loosely articulated idea of making India a defence manufacturing hub cannot work unless it is backed by a comprehensive blueprint, efficient procedures, meticulous implementation, trained and responsive manpower, continuous monitoring and quick decision-making.

    April 08, 2015

    Standing Committee on Defence (16th Lok Sabha): Striking Old Notes on Debut

    Three months after the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was swept to power at the centre in the general elections held in April–May 2014 to the 16th Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Indian Parliament), the Standing Committee on Defence was constituted under the chairmanship of Major General B.C. Khanduri (Retd.), former Chief Minister of the northern state of Uttarakhand and a prominent member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is the main constituent of the NDA.

    April 2015

    An enigma called defence technology fund

    An enigma called defence technology fund

    There has been much speculation since 2011 about who is going to manage the proposed fund, how is it to be different from the already existing technology related heads in the defence budget, and how will the amount set aside for the purpose be utilized.

    August 27, 2014

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