Analysts: New Modi Government Lacks Clear Defense Policy

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    Analysts: New Modi Government Lacks Clear Defense Policy | Defense News | defensenews.com

    Sep. 7, 2014 - 12:24PM | By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI

    NEW DELHI — The dual responsibilities of defense minister and finance minister handed to Arun Jaitley has given short shrift to India’s Defence Ministry, and the quick decisions anticipated on weapons procurement have not been forthcoming, said defense analysts assessing the Narendra Modi government’s first 100 days.

    The new government so far has simply continued the defense policies of the previous regime, analysts and military officers said.

    “The part-time defense minister is one of the most inexplicable oversights,” analyst Nitin Mehta said. “It gives too little time to Jaitley to address the MoD, saddled as he is with the task of economic revival. Without a full-time defense minister, the Modi government will not be able to recover from the ‘lost decade’ of the previous defense ministry under A.K. Antony.”

    Analyst Venkataraman Mahalingam is even more direct. “How can anyone possibly handle both the defense and finance ministries? These ministries are too important and are heavily loaded to be handled by part-time incumbents. It is not serving any purpose.”

    While Jaitley is viewed as a capable minister, analysts agreed that giving him both jobs makes no sense.

    “There is an urgent necessity for a stand-alone defense minister,” analyst Rahul Bhonsle said.

    However, analyst Amit Cowshish, a retired MoD bureaucrat, points out “it is obviously not a permanent arrangement. Therefore, I see no reason why the likely long-term impact of this arrangement should be the subject of speculation.”

    A senior Indian Navy official who requested not to be named said the defense forces had been waiting for the new government to reverse the overly cautious approach of the previous defense minister and speed weapon acquisition. However, no structural changes have been announced so far that would accelerate the process.

    The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) cleared the purchase of six conventional submarines in 2010 but the tender has yet to be floated, the official said.

    India has been preparing for the possibility of fighting China and Pakistan simultaneously, but military officers here said more funds and weapon buys are needed to achieve that level of readiness. A single tender can take up to a decade due to bureaucratic delays, an Air Force official said.

    For example, the purchase of 126 multirole fighter aircraft has been underway since 2007. The Air Force opted for this buy because the light combat aircraft that India is developing to replace Russian-made MiG fighters is 15 years behind schedule, the official said.

    “The new government on Aug. 29 canceled the tender for purchase of the light utility helicopter on technical grounds, while the [Air Force] has been waiting to replace the aging Cheetah and Chetak helicopters it is currently flying for a decade,” the service official added.

    While some analysts said 100 days is too short a time to assess a government, others claimed the leadership has not yet seriously tackled national security issues.

    “No change in course can ever be initiated without a clear national security and national defense strategy,” Mahalingam said. “This is yet to be done. There is no clarity in the assessment of threats and as such every service seems to have developed its own assessment and is seen to be working according to it.”

    The government announced it would increase from 26 percent to 49 percent the allowable level of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Indian defense companies, but overseas firms had hoped for a 51 percent limit to gain managerial control.

    An overseas defense company executive said it will be difficult for a foreign company to transfer technology if it lacks corporate control.

    “So far we have seen the government capitalizing on the low-hanging fruits that were available for immediate implementation,” Bhonsle said, such as increasing the FDI limit.

    The FDI increase sent a positive signal to the industry, Cowshish said, but the government still has not established a clear defense policy.

    “There is no new ‘policy’ in place but some steps taken by MoD, such as increasing the FDI cap, allocating funds for a defense railway network, etc., do indicate willingness to chart a slightly different course,” Cowshish said. ■
     
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    A simple question.........Is these true?
     
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    yes yes this is very much true....
    Because:
    1)When it comes to defense how can they talk about "Made in India"....
    2)How can they or how dare they go on the induction of battle ships and build confidence...
    3)Instead of just buying how can they talk about JV or TOT....
    4)How can they fix accountability of the person responsible....
    5)How can they clears deals,open domestic market manufacturer....

    They are doing xactly wat the previous govt was doing.....:shocked:


    The mess that was created in 10 years cannot be cleared in 100 days.....
    but i wont personally not agree to this is there is nothing done in next 1 year...
    We can see ray of hope now....

    Results are awaited....

     
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    the light utility helicopter tender was scrapped for the good of HAL LUH !!! Can somebody tell these "Analysts" this.

    However, I agree that NDA should get a full time Defence Minister. A guy, no matter how good he is , cannot do 2 things at one time. It just slows down the work.
     
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    Pulkit Satyameva Jayate "Truth Alone Triumphs" Senior Member

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    I do agree there shud b a full time Defence Minister... but the mess the defense is today needs alot of financial support....which means a lot of passing pass between the two departments.... it must be hectic for present MOD but its good for nation....
     
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    This govt has lifted ban of few companies, where as the last govt had banned them.

    That super duper "full time" defence minister has created "lost of decade" situation in Indian defence, but a "part time" defence minister can solve it if people wait for few more time and allow him to take decisions the way like.

    What is the purpose here?

    Buy more and more stuff from France and Russia only and for the sake of it buy few from other countries, is that the purpose, in the name of "full time minister"!

    FMS, not exactly what the US call it 'FMS'. But the way Indian govt deal with Russians, the same way govt to govt FMS deal but with other countries. Tenders doesn't help always. When they can't help, then go through govt to govt deal. Don't wait for another 'tender' for the same stuff.

    It may help.


    If so then feel free contact to PMO / PM via their website. It's easy.


    What about all those ToT which India got in past deals?

    Let the govt get "established" itself first. It's a new govt anyway.
     
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    Arun Jaitley is of Congress "Gotra"!!!
     
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    10 years of doldrums requires time.

    Rome was not built in a day.

    The FDI in defence is opening up windows.

    Japan is giving TOT for its U2.

    Euro typhoon is cutting down on cost offer.

    Total Ban on foreign companies are off.

    100 days is too short a timespan for big time action.
     
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