Laxman K Behera

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  • Laxman K Behera is Research Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detail profile.

    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

    Implications of CAATSA for India’s Defence Relations with Russia and America

    While the provisions of the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) are unlikely to be imposed on India anytime soon, it is nonetheless likely to prove a dampener on an otherwise booming defence relationship between India and the United States.

    April 26, 2018

    Creation of Defence Planning Committee: A Step towards Credible Defence Preparedness

    With the powerful DPC in place and the NSA assuming the role of de facto CDS for all practical purposes other than in operational matters, the defence planning process is expected to become more rational and provide a boost to defence preparedness.

    April 19, 2018

    Draft Defence Production Policy 2018: Challenges Galore

    The Draft Defence Production Policy 2018, which aims to promote the Make in India initiative in the defence sector and create a world-class arms manufacturing base, faces a number of challenges, which, if left unaddressed, may limit its usefulness.

    April 04, 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 Budget 2018-19: The Imperative of Controlling Manpower Cost

    Like in the past several years, the defence budget for 2018-19 also grew marginally, with much of the growth being cornered by rising manpower cost.

    February 02, 2018

    Examining the US Defence Acquisition Apparatus: What can India Learn?

    The United States (US) defence acquisition apparatus, arguably the biggest in the world, has undergone several reforms in the past 100 years. The reforms, which have focused on both structural and procedural aspects of acquisition, have led to establishment of authority and accountability in acquisition; articulation of a detailed regulatory mechanism; a dedicated university to impart training to acquisition workforce; and a clear incentive structure for the domestic industry.

    October 2017

    Changes in the SCOMET List: What it means for the Indian Defence Industry

    The formal inclusion of the Munitions List within the SCOMET framework explicitly brings the defence industry under the purview of India’s global commitment to non-proliferation.

    June 08, 2017

    An Assessment of the Strategic Partnership Model in Defence Industry

    The SP model, if implemented well, is likely to have a number of benefits for both the private sector and the larger Indian defence industry.

    June 02, 2017

    Preference for Local Industry in Defence Contracts: What India Can Do

    The new enabling provision in GFR-2017 provides the MoD a chance to amend its own procurement document and include a provision of production reservation and price preference for domestic industry.

    May 22, 2017

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