A comprehensive report prepared by the Presidency has urged the government to permit the Parliament to exert scrutiny over defense expenditures and exercise adequate democratic control over defense policies.

Written by a team of civilian and military experts upon the instructions of President Abdullah Gül, the “Defense Report” is regarded as a first of its kind and contains not only the shortcomings of the current state of the army and defense management but also suggestions for correcting them.

“While Turkey has been undertaking deep reforms in all fields, I regard the ignoring of the field of defense as a deficiency. It’s obvious that we can no longer delay comprehensive defense reform in light of regional developments and of an increasingly complicated and uncertain international security environment,” Gül said in the preface to the report. Gül will hand over the presidency on Aug. 28 to President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. […]