Articles By Amit Cowshish

Expediting Negotiation in Defence Contracts

Expediting Negotiation in Defence Contracts

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 26 Jun , 2020

Commercial negotiations are virtually the last stage in the long-drawn capital procurement process. Negotiations are conducted with the lowest bidder or L1 by a Contract Negotiation Committee...

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No Further Increase in Defence Outlay: Need to Move On

No Further Increase in Defence Outlay: Need to Move On

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 12 Jul , 2019

It is pointless bemoaning that there was no reference to defence in the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s speech and that she did not further enhance the allocation in the union budget...

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Design and Development of Equipment by DRDO, DPSUs and Ordnance Factories

Design and Development of Equipment by DRDO, DPSUs and Ordnance Factories

By: Amit Cowshish | Date: 18 Jun , 2019

Paragraph 72 in Chapter II of the Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 (DPP 2016) sets out the procedure for awarding design and development (D&D) projects to the Defence Research and Development...

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Servicing Committed Liabilities: Kicking the Can down The Road Will Not Help

Servicing Committed Liabilities: Kicking the Can down The Road Will Not Help

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 16 Mar , 2019

It was known even before the financial year (FY) 2018-19 started that the budget allocated for capital acquisitions was inadequate even to service the committed liabilities related to the ongoing...

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Issues in Defence Costing

Issues in Defence Costing

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 03 Oct , 2018

Costing is one of the foremost weakest links in the defence procurement process. The Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), which applies to all capital acquisitions for the armed forces, requires...

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Keeping India-US Defence Ties on Even Keel despite CAATSA

Keeping India-US Defence Ties on Even Keel despite CAATSA

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 20 Jun , 2018

The Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), passed by the US Congress in August 2017 has placed India in a bind. The Act, which came into effect in January 2018,...

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Defence Investor Cell Needs Fleshing Out

Defence Investor Cell Needs Fleshing Out

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 27 Apr , 2018

The Department of Defence Production (DDP) has set up a Defence Investor Cell under the chairmanship of a Joint Secretary. The office order issued by DDP in February 2018 has assigned...

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Defence Budget: Beyond the Numbers

Defence Budget: Beyond the Numbers

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 18 Apr , 2018

As reported by the Times of India on April 04, this year’s discussion on the general budget in parliament will go down in history as the shortest since 2000 with both houses collectively...

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DefExpo 2018: Making India a Defence Manufacturing Hub and an Exporter of Arms

DefExpo 2018: Making India a Defence Manufacturing Hub and an Exporter of Arms

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 11 Apr , 2018

As DefExpo 2018 gets underway at Thiruvidanthai near Chennai from April 11, all attention will be turned towards the defence minister’s press briefing on the first day and the prime minister’s...

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Promises Galore in the Draft Defence Production Policy 2018

Promises Galore in the Draft Defence Production Policy 2018

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 04 Apr , 2018

Following up on the announcement made by the finance minister in his budget speech on February 1, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recently released the draft of a new defence production...

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Cabinet Decides to Redefine MSMEs – Defence Sector to Benefit

Cabinet Decides to Redefine MSMEs – Defence Sector to Benefit

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 16 Mar , 2018

A seminal decision taken by the Union Cabinet in early February 2018 to change the basis of classification of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) bodes well for this important segment...

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Problems of Costing in Defence Procurements

Problems of Costing in Defence Procurements

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 22 Nov , 2017

The disputation over the price India will pay for the 36 medium multi-role combat aircraft, the contract for which was signed in 2016, brings into focus the vulnerability of the process of...

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Acquisition of single-engine fighter aircraft – A few suggestions

Acquisition of single-engine fighter aircraft – A few suggestions

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 28 Sep , 2017

It may sound incredible but, according to official statistics, the number of fighter aircraft squadrons with the Indian Air Force (IAF) has gone up from 25 in 20141 to 33 in 2017.2 This has...

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Making the Right to Information (RTI) work in Defence

Making the Right to Information (RTI) work in Defence

By: Amit Cowshish | Date: 27 Aug , 2017

Disposing of an appeal late last month, the Central Information Commission (CIC) advised the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to ensure probity and accountability in defence procurements. Though the...

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13th Five-Year Defence Plan (2017-22) – A re-run of the past

13th Five-Year Defence Plan (2017-22) – A re-run of the past

By: Amit Cowshish | Date: 31 Jul , 2017

The 13th five-year defence plan (2017-22) envisages an allocation of Rs 26,83,924 crore for the armed forces.1 This includes Rs 13,95,271 crore under the revenue segment and the remainder for...

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Need for Nurturing the ‘Make’ Projects

Need for Nurturing the ‘Make’ Projects

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 23 Jul , 2017

The excitement accompanying notification of the strategic partnership scheme in May this year has somewhat diminished the focus on the ‘Make’ projects. Adopted by the Ministry of Defence...

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DIPP Accords Preference to Local Suppliers in Public Procurement

DIPP Accords Preference to Local Suppliers in Public Procurement

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 08 Jul , 2017

The Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) Order, 2017 was issued by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on 15 June. DIPP issued the order under the newly introduced...

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Ten Imponderables in the Strategic Partnership Scheme

Ten Imponderables in the Strategic Partnership Scheme

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 25 Jun , 2017

The missing seventh chapter of Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 entitled “Revitalising Defence Industrial Ecosystem through Strategic Partnerships” was finally notified by the Ministry...

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Furthering India-Japan Defence Cooperation: Defence Minister indicates a new...

Furthering India-Japan Defence Cooperation: Defence Minister indicates a new...

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 02 Jun , 2017

While in Japan for the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank earlier this month, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who also doubles up as Defence Minister, made some significant observations...

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Fog clears over industrial licensing for defence industry but questions remain

Fog clears over industrial licensing for defence industry but questions remain

By: Amit Cowshish | Date: 30 May , 2017

The notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on May 19, 20171 delegating the power to issue licences for the manufacture and sale etc. of arms and ammunition to the Secretary,...

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