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.

    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

    India’s Defence Budget 2017-18: An Analysis

    While certain changes in the format of the defence Demand for Grants have brought even more complexity to the task of estimating India’s official defence budget, the fact remains that there has only been a meagre increase of 5 per cent which is grossly inadequate to keep the Armed Forces in fighting form.

    February 03, 2017

    BEML Disinvestment: What about the other DPSUs and OFs?

    The BEML model of disinvestment needs to be applied to the rest of the Defence Public Sector Undertakings as well as Ordnance Factories.

    January 20, 2017

    A French Solution to India’s Defence Acquisition Problem

    A French Solution to India’s Defence Acquisition Problem

    The biggest lesson that India can borrow is France’s integrated and centralised procurement structure, which has the dual responsibility of arms acquisition and defence industrial development.

    August 29, 2016

    Making FDI Count in Defence

    Making FDI Count in Defence

    It is rare that a foreign company makes a huge investment to produce major platforms in a third country with a view to make that country an export hub.

    June 22, 2016