Comments on 'Defense Planning in Turkey,' by Michael Moodie

by Charles Wolf, Jr.

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Prepared for a conference on Defense Planning in Less Industrialized States, Columbia University, April 1982. Following a brief, favorable review of Michael Moodie's paper on defense spending in Turkey, the author comments on additional related points: (1) Turkey is unique in the world scene in that it has both important stakes and links with western Europe as well as current and historical linkages with the Middle East. (2) There are complementarities between Turkey's military efforts and its current and future economic development. (3) Theater nuclear weapons should not be considered as an alternative to conventional NATO reinforcement (in disagreement with Moodie). (4) The use of Associated Country Forces is suggested as a free world counter to Soviet proxy forces in the Third World.

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