Date: May 31, 2018

Session I

Session II

The Parliament’s Standing Committee on Defence has recently examined the Union Budget for the Ministry of Defence 2018-19. The total allocation of Rs 404,365 crore amounts to 16.6% of the total government expenditure — it is 2.16% of the GDP. The capital budget of the Ministry of Rs 93,982 crore is 33% of the total capital expenditure of the government. Yet, all three Services have complained that their allocations are well below their projected requirements.

This half-day workshop explored the restructuring and reform of the Services, as well as their management and manpower policies.


Abhijit Singh, Senior Fellow & Head, Maritime Policy Initiative, ORF

Abhijnan Rej, Fellow, ORF

Amit Cowshish, former Financial Advisor (Acquisition), Ministry of Defence

ADM (Retd.) Arun Prakash

Debak Das, Visiting Fellow, ORF

Harsh V. Pant, Distinguished Fellow & Head, Strategic Studies Programme, ORF

Manoj Joshi, Distinguished Fellow, ORF

AM (Retd.) M. Matheswaran

Pravin Sawhney, Editor, Force Magazine

Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Vinod Bhatia

The timing of the workshop was 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Venue Address

Conference Hall, ORF New Delhi