Turkey wants the US Defense Department to appoint a special ombudsman who could oversee technology transfer between Washington and Ankara, a senior Turkish defense official said Monday.

The ombudsman could facilitate communications and deal with issues between DoD and the Turkish defense industry to “better help us understand the reasons for delays or denials of export licenses,” Ismail Demir, undersecretary for defense industries, said Monday at an American Turkish Council conference.

Demir made the request for the US ombudsman while appearing on a panel with Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics. […]