Defence Procurement Strategy

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Defence Procurement could be defined as the bureaucratic management of the acquisition process dealing with a nation’s investments in the technologies, programs and product support necessary to achieve its national security strategy and support its armed forces (Georgopolous, 2005). The process brings together the armed forces as the consumers and the primary stakeholder in all procurement programmes, with the civilian bureaucracy (Ministry of Defence officials in the Indian context) as the financiers and secondary stakeholders in all procurement programmes, along with the Industry (Indian Private firms, Foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers and the Defence Research and Development Organization) as the manufacturers who supply the primary…show more content…
The AAPs are two-year roll-on plans culled out from the Services Capital Acquisition Plans (SCAP), which are five-year defence strategy plan. The five-year plan, in turn, emanates from the 15-year Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP). The LTIPP and the five-year SCAP defence plan are consolidated by Headquarters of the Integrated Defence Staff (HQ IDS) on the basis of inputs from the individual Services. These plans are prepared by the Services without any interference from the civilian bureaucracy. The planning process provides full opportunity to the Services to identify their requirements and include them in the…show more content…
These military goods and services are utilized by the Armed Forces for protecting the nation. Since the armed forces are the eventual users of the military goods and services, their satisfaction with the products and procurement is vital. Therefore, even though the need for protection, extent of protection and threats are defined by the civilian government, the exact nature of protection and how to achieve it is decided by the military/armed forces by themselves. Civilian government are in no way involved in framing of the military requirements. They could have the option of rejecting a military demand based on practical constraints like lack of budget, but to change the operational requirements of the Armed forces is not within the ambit of the Civilian bureaucracy. Therefore, the entire procurement process is geared around providing the equipment required by the armed forces. Hence, the armed forces can safely be argued to be the primary stakeholders, even if not the strongest stakeholders in a procurement

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