Es­tab­lish­ment of De­fence Planning Com­mit­tee

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation & Defence Inindia -

The gov­ern­ment of In­dia has is­sued no­ti­fi­ca­tion for the es­tab­lish­ment of a De­fence Planning Com­mit­tee (DPC) un­der the present Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor, Ajit Do­val. Man­date of the com­mit­tee is to be mon­i­tored by four sub-com­mit­tees which in­clude Pol­icy and Strat­egy, Planning and Ca­pa­bil­ity De­vel­op­ment, De­fence Diplo­macy and De­fence Man­u­fac­tur­ing, the lat­ter fo­cus­ing on ‘Make in In­dia’. The DPC will in­clude Chiefs of the Army, Navy and Air Force, the De­fence Sec­re­tary, For­eign Sec­re­tary, Ex­pen­di­ture Sec­re­tary and Chief of the In­te­grated De­fence Staff (IDS) to the Chair­man Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee (CISC) as mem­bers. Pos­si­ble in­clu­sion of the Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary to the Prime Min­is­ter has also been in­di­cated.

It is ex­pected that the Com­mit­tee “will ex­pe­dite and smoothen de­fence ac­qui­si­tion by re­mov­ing bot­tle­necks which have made the process pro­tracted over the years.” The DPC will de­fine pri­or­i­ties and de­cide be­tween the com­pet­ing pro­pos­als of the Ser­vices with the ad­e­quate in­puts from sup­port­ing Min­istries and will ad­dress the need for the con­ti­nu­ity of un­der­stand­ing, the ne­ces­sity for rel­e­vant min­istries to be on the same page and a re­view sys­tem for the NSS. A vi­tal task of the DPC will be to re­fine rec­om­men­da­tions for de­fence pro­cure­ment, tak­ing a long term view of the ac­qui­si­tion as they re­late to cur­rent and fu­ture sce­nar­ios. “The com­mit­tee will func­tion through var­i­ous sub-com­mit­tees re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing in­puts for se­nior func­tionar­ies and assess­ing un­con­ven­tional and emerg­ing threats, apart from de­vel­op­ing work­able de­fence con­cepts re­lated to evolv­ing geopo­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions.”

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