Manufacturing and Acquisition of Defence Systems and Equipment .
Decision making in India, even when it involves matters related to its external security as managed or perceived by its Defense establishment is totally eschewed towards delays resulting in unacceptable depreciation of its security environment as evidenced by increasing belligerence on its borders by powerful neighbors. This must be addressed with urgency. There is a state of “soft-war” on our borders with both China and Pakistan that is not being addressed, as it should be.
The country’s defense manufacturing base is extremely weak and needs to be strengthened immediately with a clear mandate that would be put in place as soon as possible the required architecture using available resources while building gaps that need filling.
The government would immediately move to identifying and connecting with of all major industrial houses in India especially with those with engineering, software design and other technical capabilities
These mandarins would be brought in for discussions with the aim to assessing which ones can be pulled into the national imperative of quickly strengthening the country’s defense production industrial base and capacity
The government would take into account their inherently available capacities, ability to build and ramp up capacity for defense systems, and ability to invest in these
The government would assess the possibility of forming these entities into production groups that are mutually supportive by manufacturing segment.
Comprehensive production groups that can tool up and create supply chains supporting the national defense manufacturing needs would be formed who can get in to production of armed forces requirements including specialist vehicles, tanks, helicopters, UAVs, fighter planes etc.
The terms of engagement of these would be based on projects that are nominated to go into production
The government would explore the possibility of working to cost models that are based on root costing to include all possible cost parameters including finance costs, wastage etc. and arrive at fair, but lucrative, prices for the equipment manufactured and supplied. For example, a cost + X% to arrive at stable production lines in win-win scenarios.
Imports that are required for defense equipment manufacturing or weapon systems will be generally duty-free to keep the input costs down.
The Indian transfer of technology policy would allow the government to offer dual nationality to all foreign citizens descendants of Indian citizens anyone who can present proof of Indian ancestry through variety of identified means that should be easy and consist of either or proof needs.
India would offer Indian dual nationality to any national who has experience and expertise in the required areas of Technology acquisition required by India and would be granted if they come to India to work,
Such people would also be offered special packages including facilities such as in terms of lifestyle which would be a vast improvement on their lifestyle at home such as high quality spacious homes, house help, house assistants and chauffeurs etc. Thus, giving them exposure to the Indian civilizational narrative.
All such personnel would have to go through stringent security clearances.
An open offer should be on the table by the government for any member of the family of an Indian descendant to establish or shift base or set up major projects in India; where on case-by-case basis concessional agreements would be reached.