The Skewed Balance

Bibhu Prasad Routray

in India's Military Modernization

Published in print February 2015 | ISBN: 9780199451623
Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199085248 | DOI:

Series: Oxford International Relations in South Asia

The Skewed Balance

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India, world’s largest weapons importer, is estimated to spend US$80 billion on military modernization programmes by 2015. The country is just not spending heavily on building up its land and air power, but is also focusing on sea power, a crucial new area of competition. Modernization at this scale would invariably involve absorption of new technology and more importantly, decisions to choose one technology over the other. How does the country’s defence establishment (military as well as the civilian bureaucracy) manage this crucial aspect? As its global ambitions take a giant leap, is India’s decision-making capacity prepared to upgrade itself to take the right decisions in quick time? Or will indecisiveness and procrastination, India’s well known vice in all matters concerning decision-making, continue play spoilers? The chapter is an attempt to examine the dynamics and constraints at the policy-making level in this crucial arena of technology absorption.

Keywords: Defence Research and Development Organisation; DRDO; self-reliance; armed forces; Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme; IGMDP; missile defence system; Agni; Prithvi

Chapter.  10457 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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