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  • 10 Questions the Standing Committee on Defence needs to ask MoD

    The objective of asking these question should be to elicit information that generates a well-informed debate on, and facilitates the result-oriented monitoring of, the MoD’s handling of matters related to the defence budget.

    February 13, 2017

    India’s Defence Budget 2017-18: Should Alarm Bells Ring?

    The share of defence expenditure in 2016-17 has gone below the levels it was in 1955-56. In 2017-18 it will go down to 1.557 per cent of GDP.

    February 10, 2017

    Would a Non-Lapsable Defence Modernisation Fund Work?

    There is a plethora of evidence to show that the problem of establishing a Defence Modernisation Fund does not lie with any ‘rules of business’, but instead with its merit and workability.

    February 10, 2017

    Defence Budget 2017-18: Chugging Along

    Budget is not just all about figures but also a statement of policy. The Defence Budget for 2017-18 contains no hint of any intention of the government to bring about a paradigm shift in the defence policy.

    February 02, 2017

    Defence Budget 2017-18: Beyond the Numbers

    There is a need to go beyond stale issues and have a more meaningful and dispassionate discussion on how to make the best use of the allocations made for defence.

    January 30, 2017

    Japan’s Defence White Paper 2016: An Overview

    Japan’s Defence White Paper 2016: An Overview

    Furthering the premise of an increasingly severe security environment, Japan’s latest defence white paper has accorded relatively more space to its ‘strong concerns’ over China’s ‘active maritime expansion’ as well as progress in North Korea’s missile development programme.

    August 22, 2016

    Integrating Defence Plans with Niti Aayog’s Long Term Vision

    Defence Plans and Niti Aayog

    While it may be tempting for the Niti Aayog to make deep inroads into defence planning, it would be wise to focus only on those areas that do not disturb the core function of defence preparedness.

    June 06, 2016

    Defence Budget 2016-17: The Bigger Worry

    Calculations reveal that the capital expenditure has been cut primarily to accommodate the rise in salary and pension bills arising out of the implementation of OROP scheme and the Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations.

    March 22, 2016

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

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

    The two heads of expenditure which have witnessed significant growth in the defence budget 2016-17 are the salary component of the armed forces and the defence pensions.

    March 03, 2016

    Defence Budget 2016-17: A Clear Message to the Armed Forces

    Defence Budget 2016-17: A Clear Message to the Armed Forces

    It is time India devised appropriate tactics to meet the current threat. It is imperative that the armed forces prepare for ‘the most likely scenario’ rather than ‘the worst case scenario’. But to be fair, this can only be done when there exists a clear national military policy/strategy.

    March 02, 2016