Laxman Kumar Behera

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  • Laxman Kumar Behera is Research Fellow at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.

    Defence Pension Reforms: Recommendations of the Past Committees and Commissions

    Reforming defence pension is no more an option but a compulsion considering its exponential growth in the past, which is likely to continue in the future if no reform is undertaken.

    February 28, 2020

    India’s Defence Budget 2020-21

    Considering that the defence capital expenditure already accounts for a very high share in the central government’s overall capital spend, any substantial hike in the former’s share looks less likely. This is more so given the government’s priority to spend on infrastructure and other non-defence capital assets to revive the economic growth.

    February 04, 2020

    Defining the Charter of Chief of Defence Staff

    Having decided to create the post of CDS, the next logical step for the government is to define its charter of duties and responsibilities. The government needs to examine not just the CDS’s role as a single-point military advisor, but also his role in other matters that are equally important in driving critical defence reforms.

    November 21, 2019

    Make-II: Need to Prevent Duplication of Efforts and Backdoor Entry of Import

    The government’s decision to allow the private sector to undertake the development of complex defence equipment is a step in the right direction. It will help forge a larger innovation system to meet the diverse requirements of national security. However, caution may be required to avoid duplication of efforts and prevent indirect import.

    October 23, 2019

    Rebuilding ordnance factories

    August 30, 2019

    Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Laxman Behera’s article on the proposed corporatization of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), titled ‘Rebuilding ordnance factories’ has been published in Business Standard on August 30, 2019.

    In a bold move, the government has floated a proposal to corporatise the Kolkata-headquartered Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), under which there are 41 factories with combined manpower strength of over 82,000, writes Dr Behera.

    In Favour of Corporatisation of Ordnance Factory Board

    As a corporatised entity, the OFB will be in a far better position to respond to the market dynamics and face the competition effectively.

    August 21, 2019

    India’s Defence Budget 2019-20

    With the latest Union budget keeping the MoD interim allocation unchanged, the MoD has an uphill task in managing its resources and in funding its modernisation programmes.

    July 08, 2019

    Economic Situation To Weigh Heavily On Resource Allocation Decisions

    June 18, 2019

    Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Laxman Behera’s article on defence allocation in the new budget, titled, ‘Economic Situation to Weigh Heavily on Resource Allocation Decisions’ has been published by NDTV Profit on June 18, 2019.

    The difficult situations that the economy is presently going through will weigh heavily on Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s resource allocation decisions, writes Dr Behera.

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    Defence Agenda for Modi Government 2.0

    Implementing the outlined 27 reform measures in four broad areas – Planning, Defence Budget, Acquisition and Make in India – would strengthen defence preparedness and build a credible defence industrial base.

    June 06, 2019

    Mission Shakti: What Next?

    India needs a comprehensive space security architecture consisting of a dedicated Space Command for operational aspects as well as an exclusive Defence Space Research Agency to focus on scientific and technical aspects.

    April 09, 2019

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