Ordnance Factory Board

New Delhi. 06 August 2021. On 16 June 2021, the Government of India took the decision of converting the assets of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), consisting of 41 factories, 13 development centres and nine institutes of learning, into seven government owned corporate entities, on the lines of the Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs).

This restructuring implies a complete organisational change, in structure, procedures as well as mindset. The governments’ aim is to transform the Ordnance Factories into productive and profitable assets, deepening specialisation in the product range, enhancing competitiveness besides improving quality and cost-efficiency.

To assess and  predict the sustainability of  each corporatised entity by the Financial Year 2026-27 and their ability to meet select stated goals, Insighteon Consulting is running an inter active war-game  on 26 and 27 August 2021. This war-game will  however restrict its scope to the external factors affecting corporatisation of OFB. 

The participants will include retired senior defence officers, bureaucrats, industry leaders from the Public Sector and Private sector, besides the OFB. The participants will be given Wargame appointments to represent all stakeholders.

Business wargaming is an engaging, exciting and energetic experience. Unlike other exercises, wargaming is designed to provide helpful insights for actionable strategic decision-making. With the findings of a war game, decision makers can better evaluate their alternative strategies and recognise hidden opportunities to seize and real threats to blunt. Simulations are the only viable way of gaining insights when there are too many unknowns and too many dimensions of a problem to consider.

A wargame, generally, is a type of strategy game which realistically simulates warfare. A military wargame, specifically, is a wargame that is used by military organizations to train officers in tactical and strategic decision-making, to test new tactics and strategies, or to predict trends in future conflicts. But the story doesn’t end here.

Wargaming is also becoming a very important tool of policy making. Traditionally governments of the world depended on expert advise and strategic opinion of  serving officers and committees made specially to look into policy decisions.  It explore possible scenarios based on research and analysis, but they do not predict the future. Similarly, wargames can highlight challenges and key decision points, but do not offer validated solutions. They can be guides to decision and policy making.

Insighteon Consulting has taken this bold step in tune with its known creativeness and innovativeness and the findings of this Wargame is likely to give the stakeholders at all levels, an insight into the consequences of this major policy decision of the Government of giving OFB a new avatar.