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A Call for Change: Higher Defence Management in India

General V.P. Malik, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, (Retd) was Chief of Army Staff from 1997 to 2000.
Admiral (Retd.) Arun Prakash is a former Chairman, COSC and Chief of Naval Staff. In October 2001, he was appointed the first Commander-in-Chief of the newly created Unified Andaman & Nicobar Command.
Anit Mukherjee was Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • IDSA Monograph Series No. 6

    This monograph examines higher defence management and defence reforms in India. It deliberately coincides with Cabinet discussing the Report of Naresh Chandra Committee on defence reforms and aims to initiate a debate on higher defence management and civil-military relations. It includes papers by Air Marshal BDJayal, General VP Malik and Admiral Arun Prakash. Their argument is two fold. First, the current system of higher defence management is dysfunctional and needs major reforms. Second, such reforms are only possible through political intervention and may be even legislative action. Anit Mukherjee introduces these papers and in conclusion suggests a roadmap to usher in the next generation of defence reforms.

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