A major Turkish defence reform report has urged the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) to increase its combat troop levels, its ability to deploy abroad, and its joint capabilities.

The 220-page report was prepared over a year by civilian and military bureaucrats as well as academics on the instructions of former President Abdullah Gül, who handed over the presidency to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 28 August. Only 42 pages of the report were made public on 22 August; the remaining 178 pages were not released.

In the report’s preface, Gül said: “While Turkey has been undertaking deep reforms in all fields, I regard the ignoring of the field of defence as a deficiency. […]