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  • Making the offset policy work better

    A dynamic offset policy has to include a mechanism for identifying the causes for likely delay or default on the part of vendors in discharging their obligation and removing the impediments faced by them

    March 20, 2019

    Servicing Committed Liabilities: Kicking the Can down The Road Will Not Help

    Shortage of funds even to service the committed liabilities raises questions about the financial affordability of the defence modernisation programme and viability of the push for ‘Make-in-India’ in defence.

    March 14, 2019

    Interim Defence Budget 2019-20

    The eight per cent hike in the interim defence budget 2019-20 is bound to further intensify the resource problem of the MoD, which is already battling a massive shortage of funds.

    February 04, 2019

    Defence Budget 2019-20: The Slide Continues

    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

    Issues in Defence Costing

    It is important to pay greater attention to the system of costing followed by the MoD given that costing errors could result in the sanctioning of an unaffordable procurement programme, contract being awarded at a higher price, cost and time overruns, and default on contractual commitments.

    September 27, 2018

    Examining the Feasibility and Affordability of Raising the Share of Defence Expenditure to Three Percent of GDP

    The Brief argues that MoD’s total allocations should be considered for any discussion on defence expenditure since the official defence expenditure does not capture all the expenses that the government incurs on national defence efforts.

    August 20, 2018

    The Need for a Mid-Term Review of the 13th Defence Five Year Plan

    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

    Defence Budget: Beyond the Numbers

    Objectives and resources have to be in sync with each other and if adequate resources cannot be provided objectives have to be suitably recalibrated and alternative ways found to achieve them.

    April 16, 2018

    Defence Budget 2018-19: Over to the Standing Committee for Scrutiny

    This Issue Brief highlights five major issues and concerns that may merit the SCoD’s attention while examining the latest Demands for Grants of the Ministry of Defence.

    February 26, 2018

    Defence Planning and Budget Dilemma

    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.

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