Articles By Maj Gen Mrinal Suman

Doing business with the Indian Defence Regime

Doing business with the Indian Defence Regime

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 23.1 Jan-Mar 2008 | Date: 08 Dec , 2010

Credit is due to the Indian Ministry Of Defence (MoD) for its continuous endeavour to streamline the defence procurement procedures. There have been three revisions during the last four years....

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Impediments to the Modernisation of the Indian Defence Forces

Impediments to the Modernisation of the Indian Defence Forces

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 03 Dec , 2010

As an emerging economic and military power, India must possess armed forces that can guarantee security of its interests in a dynamic international geo-political environment. However, slow and...

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Play Safe Syndrome Rules Defence Procurements

Play Safe Syndrome Rules Defence Procurements

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 03 Dec , 2010

It is a well accepted dictum in the corridors of MoD that not taking a decision is far less risky than taking one. Therefore, it is considered judicious to defer decision-making. Additionally,...

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Ordeals of Decision-Making

Ordeals of Decision-Making

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 03 Dec , 2010

During the Kargil conflict, stocks of a particular type of vital ammunition were running frightfully low. A delegation was rushed to the supplier nation to obtain additional supplies urgently....

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Defence Procurements : learning from past mistakes

Defence Procurements : learning from past mistakes

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 24.4 Oct-Dec 2009 | Date: 23 Nov , 2010

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”  John Powell Every review of defence procurements by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) highlights the same...

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Selecting Military's Top Brass

Selecting Military's Top Brass

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Nov , 2010

Indian armed forces have many unique organisational features. Most of them have been discussed frequently in public debates. One lesser known aspect is total lack of meritocracy in higher...

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Need to Bridge Inter-Services Trust Deficit

Need to Bridge Inter-Services Trust Deficit

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Nov , 2010

Existing trust deficit amongst the three services is adversely affecting national defence preparedness and is the primary impediment in achieving the goal of jointmanship. Lack of mutual trust...

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Defence Procurements : Time for Radical Reforms

Defence Procurements : Time for Radical Reforms

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 18 Oct , 2010

Defence Procurement Procedure – 2008 (DPP-2008) came into effect on 01 September 2008 and is due for biennial review in Sep 2010, under the aegis of the Defence Procurement Board. DPP has...

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Denigrating the Armed Forces : a dangerous agenda

Denigrating the Armed Forces : a dangerous agenda

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 06 Oct , 2010

While addressing the Passing Out Parade at the U.S. Naval Academy on 07 April 2010, Secretary of Defence Robert M Gates said, “You have answered the trumpet call, and the whole of America is...

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Defence Industry Abroad

Defence Industry Abroad

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 22.3 Jul-Sep 2007 | Date: 01 Sep , 2007

According to the US War Department, private sector is better equipped for defence industry because: Defence Production Division has been created in the Ministry of Defence Production to involve...

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Women in the Armed Forces Part-2

Women in the Armed Forces Part-2

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 21.3 Jul-Sep 2006 | Date: 26 Jun , 2007

Findings of the British Equal Opportunities Commission A joint survey was carried out by the Ministry of Defence and the Equal Opportunities Commission to determine the nature and extent of...

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FDI in Defence Industry

FDI in Defence Industry

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Jan , 2007

The Government of India has been taking a number of steps to achieve the target of procuring 70 per cent of its defence requirements from indigenous sources by 2010. Despite its best efforts over...

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