The Effect of Turkish Defense Industry on Turkish Foreign Policy
A conference titled “The Effect of Turkish Defense Industry on Turkish Foreign Policy” was organized by the Political Science and International Relations Club at Nişantaşı University Maslak 1453 Neotech Campus. In the conference which evaluates the developments in Turkey's defense industry and the impact of these developments on foreign policy, the issues such as relations with our neighboring countries in the region and developments in the close region was referred. Nişantaşı University Faculty Member, Assist. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Savaş Biçer moderated the conference in which TOBB Defense Industry Assembly Vice President and FNSS Defence Industry Systems INC. Haluk Bulucu was hosted.
“WE CAN REACH A STRONG AND INDEPENDENT ARMY BY CREATING OUR OWN DEFENSE INDUSTRY”
By pointing out that Turkey has a critical geographical position, Haluk Bulucu said, "When we consider people's nature and our neighbors around us in this region, we need a strong and independent army a lot to remain strong in this geography. So, we can only do this by setting up our own defense industry. We also need to spend money on our army when setting up our defense industry. For this reason, we should not pay attention to our luxury but primarily to our national security. We can only do this with an independent defense industry.”.
“TURKEY IS SELF SUFFICIENT IN THE FIELD OF DEFENSE INDUSTRY”
By emphazising that Turkey can be self-sufficient in naval and land systems among the main systems in the defense industry, Bulucu told, " Turkey is entering the era of independence in the defense sector, Indeed, unfortunately, in some subsystems, especially power packs, we are still dependent on the outside. However, Turkey has made significant progress in these areas. Turkey has a 27 year history in the field of defense industry. In this short time, we have covered very long distances in this area with the way we went through. Our defense industry is strong enough to form its own unique systems in the next twenty years. As a matter of fact, studies show this. In this context, Turkey should provide strategic unity in the defense industry.".
"YOU ARE STRONG IN THE POLITICAL SCENE IF YOUR DEFENSE INDUSTRY IS GOOD ENOUGH"
By referring to the effects of the defense industry on foreign policy, Bulucu concluded his words by saying, "For example, you have intercontinental missiles, nuclear weapons. When you sit at the table, the effect on the other side is inevitably more. When we check North Korea and Iran, their attitudes toward us may not be seen as smooth, however they do not behave childish, they behave wise. They are trying to gain a political power against the great powers with these moves. Politicians are talking about these issues among themselves and taking steps that strengthen the defense industries in order to be stronger when they sit at the table.".
The conference, in which interesting topics such as diplomatic and political momentum created by the important studies in the field of national defense industry and Turkish Aviation and Space Industry INC. projects on behalf of our country were discussed, was completed with great interest from the participants.