Defense Acquisition Council – UPSC GS3

  • An overarching structure, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), under the Defence Minister was constituted for overall guidance of the defence procurement planning process.
    The composition of the DAC is as follows:
    1. Defence Minister: Chairman
    2. Minister of State for Defence: Member
    3. Chief of Army Staff: Member
    4. Chief of Naval Staff: Member
    5. Chief of Air Staff: Member
    6. Defence Secretary: Member
    7. Secretary Defence Research & Development: Member
    8. Secretary Defence Production: Member
    9. Chief of Integrated Staff Committees HQ IDS: Member
    10. Director General (Acquisition): Member
    11. Dy. Chief of Integrated Defence: Staff Member Secretary
    The objective of the Defence Acquisition Council is to ensure expeditious procurement of the approved requirements of the Armed Forces in terms of capabilities sought, and time frame prescribed, by optimally utilizing the allocated budgetary resources.
    The functions of the DAC include:
    • in-principle approval of 15 Year Long-Term Integrated Perspective Plan for Defence Forces;
    • accord of Acceptance of Necessity to acquisition proposals;
    • categorization of the acquisition proposals relating to ‘Buy’, ‘Buy & Make’ and ‘Make’;
    • issues relating to Single vendor clearance;
    • decision regarding ‘offset’ provisions in respect of acquisition proposals above Rs. 300 crores;
    • decisions regarding Transfer of Technology under ‘Buy & Make’ category of acquisition proposals; and
    • Field Trial evaluation.

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