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RESEARCH CENTRE

Defence Economics & Industry

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India spends a significant amount of resources on its national defence. Efficiency in utilisation of resources is not only an economic imperative but vital for defence preparedness. In view of this the Defence Economic and Industry Centre was created in 2006 to promote research on various economic aspects of India's defence. Since its inception, the Centre has undertaken a number of policy relevant studies besides constantly engaging vital stakeholders (Ministry of Defence, Armed forces and Industry) on a range of issues. In this brief period, the Centre has organised over 10 events, including a major international seminar on Defence Acquisition in July 2011. Presently the Centre is preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Ministry of Defence for setting up a Defence Acquisition Institute in India.

Major Focus Areas of the Centre includes:

  • Defence Acquisition
    • Organisational and procedural improvement
    • Offsets
  • Defence Industry
    • Self-reliance in Defence Production
    • Efficiency of Defence Public Sector Undertakings/Ordnance Factory Board
    • Enhancing Private Sector Participation in Defence Production
    • Defence Research and Development
  • Defence Budget


Members


Vinod Mishra
Distinguished Fellow Research Fellow Research Fellow Consultant
       


New Defence Procurement Procedure: A Stimulating Preview

January 20, 2016
New Defence Procurement Procedure: A Stimulating Preview

The Defence Acquisition Council has decided to introduce a new category of Indian Designed, Developed and Manufactured equipment. This will be the most preferred category, ahead of ‘Buy (Indian)’, which presently occupies the pride of place.

2015: A Year of Work-in-Progress for Defence

December 29, 2015
2015: A Year of Work-in-Progress for Defence

The issues confronting the defence establishment at the beginning of the year broadly related to defence policy, human resource management and operational preparedness.

Make in India and the Expanding Scope for India-Japan Defence Cooperation

December 29, 2015

India’s defence modernisation presents enormous opportunities for the Japanese defence industry, which until recently concentrated exclusively on the domestic market in order to demonstrate Japan’s commitment to peace.

Restoration of Inherent Financial Powers of Defence Services

November 12, 2015
Restoration of Inherent Financial Powers of Defence Services

The MoD Order mentions that the IFAs are expected to give due attention to macro- management issues, highlighting the need for them to be involved in the planning and plan-review process. These are laudable objectives, but a well-knit mechanism for their implementation does not seem to exist at present.

Bugbears in MoD Guidelines on Handling of Complaints

October 26, 2015
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.