Competitiveness of defense industries: a comparative analysis of the United States, Russia, South Korea and Turkey

Toydemir, Mustafa
The thesis examines the competitiveness of the arms industries of the United States, Russia, South Korea and Turkey. The main research question of the thesis is to understand the competitiveness of the Turkish arms industry in the global arms market compared to the arms industries of United States, Russia and South Korea. The arms industry competitiveness of these four countries are compared by using Porter’s Diamond Model. And this thesis argues that, Turkey has been trying to boost its arms industry for a long time, even though the United States and Russia were already advanced in arms technology during the 20th century, South Korea had to develop its arms industry rapidly in half a century, until the 21st century Turkey has not shown major signs of advancement in military technology and this was the outcome of previous strategies, the advancement of the Turkish arms industry can only be achieved with the adoption of certain new strategies and investing in certain products. The thesis is composed of six chapters. The first chapter is the introduction, the second chapter will analyze the United States. The third chapter will analyze Russia, the fourth chapter will analyze Turkey and the fifth chapter will analyze South Korea. The final and sixth chapter is the conclusion where the findings of previous chapters are summarized and compared.


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Citation Formats
M. Toydemir, “Competitiveness of defense industries: a comparative analysis of the United States, Russia, South Korea and Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2017.