Barely a month into the job of managing Turkey’s multi-billion-dollar defense programs, Professor İsmail Demir is quickly warming up to the task of overseeing the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) by taking one briefing after another, his senior aides have said.

“He is an internationally-acknowledged aviation expert which makes his grip on complex dossiers quicker. We have finished briefing him on the most important programs,” one senior SSM official said.

Demir, a professor of aviation and former general director of THY Teknik, the Turkish Airlines’ repair and maintenance subsidiary, replaced Murad Bayar, SSM’s chief for the last 10 years, in early May. Bayar was appointed as chief adviser of procurement policy to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. […]