India’s MoD Releases 2004-2005 Annual Report
This 244 page PDF report covers on the activities of India’s Ministry of Defence in 2004-2005. DID has its own body of coverage of course, which can be found in our India topic archive. The MoD’s report provides a good primer for those unfamiliar with India’s defense establishment, and despite some flaws the report is good at sketching out the security situation as India sees it, detailing the activities and exercises undertaken by its armed forces, addressing restructuring and other change efforts, and sketching out broad procurement priorities and changes. The level of state ownership in the defense sector certainly comes through strongly, and the section on auditor findings was useful.
Having said that, Defense-Aerospace.com correctly noted that “the report tends to overwhelm the reader with obscure details while neglecting, or glossing over, the most obvious points of interest, such as details of procurement appending and programs.” DID took the time to read the report, and this is a fair characterization; many of the sections could have comfortably been deleted, or restructured as appendices, while more focus on procurement programs, accountability/transparency for same, and doctrine would be helpful.
Overall, both the report’s strengths and its flaws are consistent with the ministry’s apparent mindset (also reflected in its web site, for instance), and may offer additional insight into the issues discussed in this DID report covering India’s defense procurement issues.