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  • Strategic Partnerships: A Critical Overview of the Aatre Task Force Report

    Strategic Partnerships: A Critical Overview of the Aatre Task Force Report

    The Task Force has not extended the principle of Strategic Partnership to the whole gamut of big contracts in which the private sector is supposed to play a major role. And it visualises strategic partners as poor cousins of state-owned entities.

    April 26, 2016

    Equilibrium in Higher Defence Organisation and the Need for Restructuring

    The article deals with the issue of the necessity of identifying and maintaining equilibrium between the two key constituents of the higher defence organisation (HDO) of the country, namely, the civil bureaucrats and the service officers. In India, the military and the bureaucracy share a very delicate relationship. Though the protocol issues between the various appointments have been defined by the government, there is a requirement of greater clarity in the working relationship between them.

    April 2016

    Reorganisation of Defence Outlay for 2016–17: A Tepid Affair

    Beginning 2016–17, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) will present four detailed demands for grant (DDGs)1 instead of eight that it had been presenting to the Lok Sabha2 in the past. It is not that its area of responsibility has shrunk. The reason why the number of demands has come down is that the budgetary outlays earlier spread over eight demands have now been compressed into four.

    April 2016

    DPP-2016: An Analytical Overview

    DPP-2016: An Analytical Overview

    Introduction of the ‘Buy (Indian-IDDM)’ procurement category, the revamped ‘Make’ procedure, structural change in AAP, and higher and flexible indigenous content requirement in certain procurement categories are all likely to deepen the involvement of domestic industry in defence production.

    April 12, 2016

    Indigenisation: Key to Self-Sufficiency and Strategic Capability

    Indigenisation: Key to Self-Sufficiency and Strategic Capability
    • Publisher: Pentagon Press

    The book attempts to study the defence industrialisation process that has been adopted by the militarily developed and developing nations to analyse, orient and adapt their best practices to the Indian defence industry and technological base. The analysis reveals that there is a requirement to re-assess, re-align & re-model the Indian defence industry apparatus in line with the vision of accelerating indigenisation, self-sufficiency and strategic capability, as pertaining to military systems.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-892-7,
    • Price: ₹. 1295
    • E-copy available
    2016

    What the Standing Committee on Defence can do to improve the state of defence preparedness

    What the Standing Committee on Defence can do to improve the state of defence preparedness

    Rather than continuing to harp on issues like inadequacy of defence outlays, the committee could actually bring about a tangible improvement in the state of defence preparedness by focusing on four specific micro areas.

    April 04, 2016

    Defence Procurement Procedure 2016: Rebooting Defence Production and Procurement

    Defence Procurement Procedure 2016

    The best of policies and procedures can come to naught because of indecisiveness in decision-making. There is little in DPP 2016 that addresses the problems which beset decision-making in the MoD.

    March 30, 2016

    Bugbears in MoD Guidelines on Handling of Complaints

    Bugbears in MoD Guidelines on Handling of Complaints

    The MoD guidelines on handling of complaints do not seem to be free from potentially crippling afflictions. Conceptual ambiguity can easily defeat the purpose of the guidelines.

    October 26, 2015

    ‘Make in India’ in Defence Sector: An Overview of the Dhirendra Singh Committee Report

    ‘Make in India’ in Defence Sector: An Overview of the Dhirendra Singh Committee Report

    While making a host of recommendations, the Dhirendra Singh Committee has been cautious in assessing their impact on the domestic industry.

    September 16, 2015

    Exchange Rate Variation in Defence Contracts

    Exchange Rate Variation in Defence Contracts

    The 19th August amendment to the Defence Procurement Procedure of 2013 extends the provision of exchange rate variation to Indian vendors under all the procurement categories of capital acquisition.

    August 31, 2015

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