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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

    The Acquisition of Rafale Aircraft: Facts and Concerns That Ought To Be In the Public Domain

    The acrimonious debate in the public space on the acquisition of Rafale aircraft has been primarily focused on a few issues. The debate does not inform the public about the long, arduous and complex nature of the programme and the joint effort invested in it. The uniqueness of this programme is also not in the public domain. It does not specifically inform the lay person as to the rationale for restricting the numbers to two squadrons, and carries on oblivious of the collateral effect it may have on future acquisition programmes.

    Fallibility of the Fall Clause

    While the purpose of the Fall Clause, a price safety mechanism in rate contracts, is indubitable, some issues concerning its applicability and implications, both for the buyer and the seller, merit a review.

    May 08, 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

    MMRCA Mess and the Need for Professionalism in the Defence Acquisition Process

    The CAG report relating to the Indian Air Force has highlighted various anomalies and the unprofessional manner in which defence acquisitions are handled.

    February 22, 2019

    Land Ahoy! Debarment Systems in Ministry of Defence start Coming of Age

    It is administratively easy and politically appealing to debar an errant entity, but the unintended consequences of debarment can be challenging to handle in high-technology areas such as defence

    September 11, 2018

    Keeping India-US Defence Ties on Even Keel despite CAATSA

    Mutual and shared interests between India and the US must form the basis of an enduring solution to the quandary presented by the provisions of the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act.

    June 14, 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

    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

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