Of Matters Military : Modernisation Travails

A defence acquisition system is a management process by which a nation provides effective, affordable and timely defence equipment to its armed forces. The book traces the evolution of India's defence acquisition system; faults disjointed functioning for its failure to deliver; and suggests creation of an independent authority to administer, coordinate, oversee, direct and control multifarious acquisition activities.
India has failed to appreciate that procurement of defence equipment is a highly specialised and complex activity needing unique professional skills and attributes. The book recommends criteria-based selection of acquisition staff, pre-induction training and sufficiently long tenures.
Qualitative requirements, field trials and staff evaluation are central to the selection of equipment for procurement. Highlighting existing infirmities, the author proposes innovative measures to rationalise the procedure. 
As numerous uncertainties afflict every acquisition activity, the book recommends that a risk management plan be prepared at the outset to obviate need for crisis management at a subsequent stage.

Vij Books
  • Pages: 338
  • 9789389620566 • HARDBACK • Aug 2020 • Rs.1450
  • 9789389620580 • EBOOK • Aug 2020 • Rs.1450
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  • Of Matters Military : Modernisation Travails
author details
Major General Mrinal Suman, AVSM, VSM, PhD is a highly qualified and experienced officer. He commanded an Engineer Regiment in the most hostile battlefield in the world ie the Siachen Glacier. As Task Force Commander, he was responsible for designing and sinking shafts for the nuclear tests. For that, he was duly decorated by the President of India. 
He is considered to be India's foremost expert on myriad aspects of India's defence procurement regime and offsets. He is regularly invited to address various Indian chambers, associations and foreign delegations. A strong proponent of integrating private sector in defence production, he has also been advocating outsourcing of logistic functions. He is a prolific writer and has published more than 550 papers in different journals and newspapers; many have been translated into foreign languages. A keen observer of national concerns, his views command immense respect.

Part - 1
Evolution of India’s Defence Procurement Regime
Part - II
Acquisitions Need Professional Management
Part - III
Acquisition Challenges
Part - IV
Need for Cost-Conscienceness
Part - V
Radical Reforms are Overdue