Articles By Amit Cowshish

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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Strategic Partnership Model – formulation of the scheme a big challenge

Strategic Partnership Model – formulation of the scheme a big challenge

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

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved the broad contours of the Strategic Partnership Model (SPM) in its meeting held on May 20, 2017 under the chairmanship of the Defence Minister. It...

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Need for incorporating a limitation of liability clause in defence contracts

Need for incorporating a limitation of liability clause in defence contracts

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 18 May , 2017

In a verdict pronounced on May 2, 2017, the Delhi High Court awarded Rs 55 lakh to a serving officer of the Indian Air Force by way of compensation for ‘infraction of his fundamental right to...

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Raising Defence Budget to Three Per Cent of GDP

Raising Defence Budget to Three Per Cent of GDP

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 May , 2017

Speaking at the United Service Institution on May 4, 2017, the Chief of the Army Staff said that India needs to spend much more on military modernisation to ensure that economic growth continues...

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Dual Charge – An Opportunity to Fix Financial Management in Defence

Dual Charge – An Opportunity to Fix Financial Management in Defence

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

In what is clearly a stop-gap arrangement, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is back to holding additional charge of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the second time in less than three years,...

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Defence Expenditure: A Challenge for Defence Economists

Defence Expenditure: A Challenge for Defence Economists

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 15 Mar , 2017

The only sub-theme that vies for pride of place alongside the debate on the alleged shenanigans of an inept civilian bureaucracy is the gross inadequacy of defence outlays. Governments have come...

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Rebooting the Defence Budget

Rebooting the Defence Budget

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 01 Mar , 2017

It may sound harsh but the changes made in the structure of the defence budget for the second year running appear quite aimless. In the process, however, these disruptive changes have raised two...

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10 Questions the Standing Committee on Defence needs to ask MoD

10 Questions the Standing Committee on Defence needs to ask MoD

By: Amit Cowshish | Date: 17 Feb , 2017

Restructuring of the demands for grant of various ministries, including the Ministry of Defence (MoD) last year, and further tinkering with the MoD’s demands this year is inexplicable, to say...

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Would a Non-Lapsable Defence Modernisation Fund Work?

Would a Non-Lapsable Defence Modernisation Fund Work?

By: Amit Cowshish | Date: 15 Feb , 2017

One idea that keeps resurfacing in discussions on the defence budget is the creation of a non-lapsable defence modernisation fund (DMF) to harvest the money that remains unspent, especially under...

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Defence Budget 2017-18: Chugging Along

Defence Budget 2017-18: Chugging Along

By: Amit Cowshish | Date: 05 Feb , 2017

Defence was not blanked out in the budget speech this time, as it happened last year, but while announcing the allocation for defence, the finance minister avoided any mention of the previous...

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Defence Budget 2017-18: Beyond the Numbers

Defence Budget 2017-18: Beyond the Numbers

By: Amit Cowshish | Date: 01 Feb , 2017

With the presentation of the annual budget for the next fiscal being just a few days away, there is no point in second guessing the size of the defence appropriation. Even so, it would be pretty...

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Making it Palatable – Managing Food Supply in the Armed Forces

Making it Palatable – Managing Food Supply in the Armed Forces

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 19 Jan , 2017

Campaigning at Kairana for the forthcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi is reported to have said: “PM Narendra Modi who...

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Integrating Defence Plans with Niti Aayog’s Long Term Vision

Integrating Defence Plans with Niti Aayog’s Long Term Vision

By: Amit Cowshish | Date: 10 Jun , 2016

A new dimension has been added to the many challenges already being faced by Indian defence planners. In an interesting development, Niti Aayog is thinking of integrating defence and internal...

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Buy (IDDM) or Buy (Indian): Horns of a Dilemma

Buy (IDDM) or Buy (Indian): Horns of a Dilemma

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 02 May , 2016

All defence acquisition proposals were required to be classified under one of five categories until the incomplete version of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016, released on 28 March...

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Discontinuance of National Five Year Plans – Time to Revaluate Defence...

Discontinuance of National Five Year Plans – Time to Revaluate Defence...

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 16 Apr , 2016

The era of five-year plans is going to be over at the end of the current financial year, which also coincides with the last year of the 12th national five-year plan. With this, the distinction...

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

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

By: Amit Cowshish | Date: 06 Apr , 2016

For the past several years, the Standing Committee on Defence (SCoD), responsible, among other things, for examining the detailed demands for grants presented by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to...

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