Articles By Laxman K Behera

Mission Shakti: What Next?

Mission Shakti: What Next?

By: Laxman K Behera | Date: 12 Apr , 2019

In a remarkable technological feat and a clear demonstration of national resolve, India conducted Mission Shakti, an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test, on March 27, 2019 by successfully engaging...

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Examining the Feasibility and Affordability of Raising the Share of Defence...

Examining the Feasibility and Affordability of Raising the Share of Defence...

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 22 Aug , 2018

Alain Enthoven and Wayne Smith’s classic, How much is enough?,1 is as much relevant for today’s defence planners as it was during the Cold War. The key issue raised by the authors, who were...

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Creation of Defence Planning Committee: A Step towards Credible Defence...

Creation of Defence Planning Committee: A Step towards Credible Defence...

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 21 Apr , 2018

In a significant defence policy reform notified on April 18, 2018, the government has revamped the existing defence planning system by establishing a Defence Planning Committee (DPC) under the...

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Draft Defence Production Policy 2018: Challenges Galore

Draft Defence Production Policy 2018: Challenges Galore

By: Laxman K Behera | Date: 06 Apr , 2018

In pursuance of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s 2018-19 budget announcement related to an “industry friendly Defence Production Policy 2018”, the Department of Defence Production (DDP) of...

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Defence Budget 2018-19: The Imperative of Controlling Manpower Cost

Defence Budget 2018-19: The Imperative of Controlling Manpower Cost

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 04 Feb , 2018

Presenting the last full-fledged budget before the general elections of 2019, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocated Rs 4,04,365 crore (US $62.8 billion) for the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Of...

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Changes in the SCOMET List: What it means for the Indian Defence Industry

Changes in the SCOMET List: What it means for the Indian Defence Industry

By: Laxman K Behera | Date: 17 Jun , 2017

India has recently announced a revised list of controlled items whose export is regulated. The revised list, which comes into effect from May 1, 2017, is part of “India’s International...

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Changes in the SCOMET List: What it means for the Indian Defence Industry

Changes in the SCOMET List: What it means for the Indian Defence Industry

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 10 Jun , 2017

India has recently announced a revised list of controlled items whose export is regulated. The revised list, which comes into effect from May 1, 2017, is part of “India’s International...

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An Assessment of the Strategic Partnership Model in Defence Industry

An Assessment of the Strategic Partnership Model in Defence Industry

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 03 Jun , 2017

In a major policy reform intended to promote Make in India in defence manufacturing, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on May 31, 2017 the much-anticipated Strategic Partnership model for...

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Preference for Local Industry in Defence Contracts: What India Can Do

Preference for Local Industry in Defence Contracts: What India Can Do

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 22 May , 2017

In a significant development, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) has included a new enabling provision in the revised General Financial Rules (GFR) with the intention of favouring domestic industry...

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India’s Defence Budget 2017-18: An Analysis

India’s Defence Budget 2017-18: An Analysis

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 06 Feb , 2017

While presenting the Union Budget 2017-18 on February 01, 2017, the Finance Minister (FM), Arun Jaitley, allocated Rs. 3,59,854 crore (US$ 53.5 billion) to the Ministry of Defence (MoD). As in his...

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BEML Disinvestment: What about the other DPSUs and OFs?

BEML Disinvestment: What about the other DPSUs and OFs?

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 23 Jan , 2017

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has taken a major decision to privatise some government-owned companies. One of the companies listed for privatisation is BEML (formerly named...

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A French Solution to India’s Defence Acquisition Problem

A French Solution to India’s Defence Acquisition Problem

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 31 Aug , 2016

In a move to streamline defence procurement and push the Make in India initiative, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has constituted a nine-member committee under the chairmanship of Vivek Rae, former...

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Making FDI Count in Defence

Making FDI Count in Defence

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 25 Jun , 2016

On 20 June 2016, in a move to provide a “major impetus to employment and job creation”, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi “radically liberalised the FDI [foreign...

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Defence Procurement Procedure 2016: An Analytical Overview

Defence Procurement Procedure 2016: An Analytical Overview

By: Laxman K Behera | Date: 14 Apr , 2016

After a prolonged delay, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) released the revised Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) on March 28, 2016.1 The document, coming into effect from April 01, 2016, is...

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Defence Budget 2016-17: The Bigger Worry

Defence Budget 2016-17: The Bigger Worry

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 26 Mar , 2016

The presentation of the Union Budget has often been an occasion for the broader strategic community to express its worries about the government’s so-called ‘apathy’ towards national...

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All About Pay and Perks: India’s Defence Budget 2016-17

All About Pay and Perks: India’s Defence Budget 2016-17

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 07 Mar , 2016

“At a time when major powers are reducing their forces and rely more on technology, we are still constantly seeking to expand the size of our forces. Modernisation and expansion of forces at the...

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

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

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 12 Jan , 2016

In a significant departure, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has made public the report of the 10-member Experts Committee that was set up in May 2015 to both evolve a policy framework for...

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