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Defence Planning: Problems & Prospects

V.P. Malik (Editor) Brig. Vinod Anand (Author)
Synopsis Defence Planning has been neglected for long in India. This has led to ad-hocism in decision-making and adversely affected the modernization plans of the Services. This Volume brings out in detail the inadequacies in our planning process: the lack of a cohesive national security strategy/Defence policy and inadequate coordination of Defence planning and economic development. Long term perspective planning is still a sum total of respective Service plans. Also, in the absence of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) there is a lack of inter-Services prioritization. The key issues needing immediate attention include the need for formal prior approval for five-year defence plans, better management of the defence revenue and capital acquisition budgets, streamlining the defence procurement process and better human resource management. The Chapters, written by renowned Defence professionals, including two former Chiefs, comprehensively and critically examine the issues involved in the defence planning process and make a number of recommendations for policy planners in India.
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About the authors

V.P. Malik

V.P. Malik is President, ORF Institute of Security Studies. He was the Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army from Oct 1, 1997 to Sept 30, 2000. He was also the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee of India from January 1, 1999 to September 30.2000. As Chief of Army Staff, General Malik had the dual responsibility of being the Army's main advisor to the Government as well as managing the one million strong ARmy. He planned, coordinated and oversaw execution of Operation Vijay to successfully defeat Pakistan's instrusions in Kargil in May-July 1999. He was awarded the Ati Vishishta Seva Medal in 1986, and Param Vishishta Seva Medal in 1996. The King of Nepal appointed him Honorary Chief of the Royal Nepal Army in 1997. He has been a member of the National Security Advisory Board and is Founder President of the ORF Institute of Security Studies. He is also an Honorary Advisor to the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. In addition, he is an independent Director/Advisor with some well-known private sector companies in India.

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Brig. Vinod Anand

Brigadier Vinod Anand (Retd) is a postgraduate in defence and strategic studies and is an alumnus of defence services Staff College and College of defence management. He has been a brigade Commander in the Srinagar Valley in western sector and is a veteran of the 1971 war.

Presently he is a senoir fellow at the Centre for Strategic Studies and Simulation, United Service Institution of India. examines Pakistan's role in Afghanistan and postulates that there has been no Unfolding and implementation of the Af-Pak strategy fghanistan since last six decade. His papers and resarch article have been published in Indian and Foreign Journals and Newspapers.

The united Service Institution of India was founded in 1870s by a solider scholar, Colonel (later Major General) Sri Charles MacGregor to "promote Navel and Military Art Science and Literature. "It PVSAM, AVSM (Retd), former GOC-in-C-South Western Command.

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Bibliographic information

Title Defence Planning: Problems & Prospects
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Manas Publications
Language: English
isbn 8170492750
length 202p., Tables; Figures; Index; 23cm.
Subjects Social Sciences