1st Edition

Military Innovation in Türkiye An Overview of the Post-Cold War Era

Edited By Barış Ateş Copyright 2023
    230 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores Turkish military innovation since the Cold War. The major questions addressed are how Türkiye has been able to innovate, the production of new weapon systems, its philosophical background, how the country overcame bureaucratic and economic obstacles, and how these innovations resonated in military doctrine and organization.

    Focusing on two main defense industry projects that trigger an overall change in the military doctrine and organization, the text examines the innovative inclinations of the Turkish military realm and reveals the societal, economic and political consequences of military innovation. This book fills a gap in the literature by providing an interdisciplinary and comprehensive overview of Turkish military innovation. Contributors include those involved in and affected by the military innovation process, as well as scholars who monitor the process using primary sources.

    Military Innovation in Türkiye will appeal to academics, politicians and military professionals interested in understanding the evolution of the Turkish military.

    Introduction: Turkish Versus Western Military Innovation 

    Barış Ateş 

    1. Turks’ Pragmatic Solutions: The Philosophy Behind Defense Technology 

    Özgür Körpe 

    2. The Turkish Defense Industry in the Post-Cold War Era: Bound to Emerge 

    Tolga Öz 

    3. Breaking Down Bureaucratic Politics in the Turkish Aerial Defense Industry: From Hürkuş to Bayraktar

    Mehmet Mert Çam 

    4. The Flagship of the Turkish Defense Industry: The Route to MİLGEM 

    Kemal Eker 

    5. From Systemic Emulation to Military Innovation: Turkish Drones and International Politics 

    Baybars Öğün 

    6. Military Innovation in the Context of Irregular Warfare: The British, American and Turkish Militaries 

    Emrah Özdemir 

    7. The Transformation of the Turkish Armed Forces: Lessons Learned in Counterterrorism Operations 

    Tolga Ökten 

    8. Military Innovation and Turkish Society: Toward a Post-Heroic Warfare? 

    Barış Ateş 

    9. Quick-Impact Approach in Information Warfare: Turkish Experience 

    Dağhan Yet 

    Conclusion: The Manifest and Latent Sources of Turkish Military Innovation 

    Barış Ateş 


    Barış Ateş is an assistant professor at the Atatürk Institute of Strategic Studies (ATASAREN). He earned his PhD from Gazi University. His research focuses on military innovation, professional military education, and the sociology of the military profession. His research papers have appeared in international journals such as Armed Forces and Society, İstanbul Journal of Sociology and Turkish Journal of War Studies.