Analysis of the relationship between defence and civil industries: Policy recommendations for Turkey

Feridüddin Emre, Erdoğan
Nations have been putting great efforts in developing their defence industry, and it is usually located in the centre of their internal and international policies. Increase in defence expenditures necessitate to create rational, durable and sustainable connections between defence and civil industries. Defence industry contributes to the development of absorptive capacity of a nation by promoting the high-end and unique discoveries and facilitating the process of learning. Today the current technological diffusion between defence and civil industries is two-sided and civil industries are increasing their share in knowledge generation compared to the past. Thus, dual-use applications become crucial for commercialization and utilization to achieve mutual growth. Main objective of this study is to bring light on three points: determination of the relations between defence and civil industries, the evaluation of defence industry’s effect on civil industries and the revealing of best practices for beneficial inter-industry collaboration. Methodology of this study is based on the qualitative approach. The research data is collected via qualitative semi-structured interviews that is conducted with twenty-one participants from three domestic target groups selected by quota sampling method. The data gathered from interviews are analysed through the data-driven coding process in three stages. This study includes up-to-date policy recommendations for strengthening the relationship between defence and civil industries based on rational analyses and best practice examinations for policymakers in Turkey. As a result, this study suggests five ways for establishing valuable relation mechanisms between industries and seven methods for updating defence industrial and technological base of Turkey.


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Citation Formats
E. Feridüddin Emre, “Analysis of the relationship between defence and civil industries: Policy recommendations for Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2020.