Turkey has occupied one of the world’s most important crossroads, the intersection between East and West, for thousands of years. Today, Turkey finds itself at a new crossroads, how to simultaneously mature its acquisition organization and its workforce.
Leading these efforts is the Turkish Undersecretary for Defense Industry, Dr. Ismial Demir. As the leader of Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarı (SSM), the branch of the Turkish Ministry of Defense responsible for acquisition and procurement, Demir is focused on the major themes of joint mission requirements--performance based logistics, integration of industry and innovation into program baselines, and acquisition workforce development. But applying these concepts to Turkish acquisition practices can be daunting. Enter Defense Acquisition University (DAU).
As the acquisition training organization for the U.S. Department of Defense, DAU is staffed by subject matter experts who can address a complex array of acquisition challenges and provide customized solutions that help partners reach their goals. During an eight-day trip to Ankara, Turkey, DAU faculty members Dr. Craig Arndt and U.S. Air Force Lt Col Joe Gueck provided 45 staff and military personnel from the Ministry with a tailored course on the acquisition of science and technology management.
While the class focused on science and technology, it also covered the breadth of U.S. approaches to acquisition, funding, manufacturing and life-cycle support. This in-depth instruction allowed Turkish students to actively apply what they learned in the classroom to their day-to-day management of the country’s acquisition policies and procedures.
Conducted as part of an ongoing foreign military sale, the DAU course also supported the Office of Defense Cooperation Turkey allowing the office to focus on other aspects of the arrangement, including additional training opportunities for requirements development and life cycle logistics.
After the class, the Undersecretary hosted an office call to express his gratitude and vision for continued development of Turkey’s defense acquisition system. Turkish coffee was shared and accompanied with the statement, “When you drink Turkish coffee together you become friends for 40 years.” Strategic opportunities such as this joint-training effort are key opportunities that help ensure 40 more years of strategic cooperation between these two allies.
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