Turkey will build a huge combined military headquarters and bring together the Ministry of Defence, the Chief of the General Staff as well as the Force Commands under one roof in a bid to better coordinate the country’s defense, the official said. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
“In accordance with the evolution and development of defense needs, we are obliged to bring together all the different institutions under the same roof and to work with them in coordination. There is a need for a combined center. This center will send out a very different signal regarding defense and investments,” Erdoğan said at the inauguration ceremony of the huge military complex in the suburbs of Ankara on August 30.
The complex will house the Ministry of Defence, the Chief of the General Staff and the Headquarters of the Land, Air and Naval Forces which are all currently located in the economic heart of the city, Kızılay. Recalling that these buildings were constructed between the 1930s and 1960s, Erdoğan said the current security conditions require a better coordinated defense institution.
“Our goal is to inaugurate this complex on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey on October 29, 2023,” he said, informing that the highest technology will be used for these environmentally friendly premises. ‘environment.
About 15,000 people will be able to work in the nearly 900,000 square meter indoor space, which will be built on an area of 12.6 million square meters, the president said.
This type of structure illustrates Turkey’s growing power in its region and its determination not to allow those who want to disintegrate the country, Erdoğan said, recalling how his efforts in the fight against terrorism have been crippled by many countries, including the United States, which refused to provide the Turkish army with military radios.
“Those who let Turkey tie its hands against a cheap terrorist organization will pay the price before history,” he said. Thanks to the government’s commitment to end foreign dependence on the defense sector, Turkey is now in a position to deter all enemies.
Citing FETÖ’s coup attempt in mid-2016 by activating its secret members within the military, Erdoğan said that Turkey and the Turkish people succeeded in dispersing this occupation attempt and strengthening the democracy.
“The army expelled 21,000 employees after an attempted coup”
Erdoğan said the Turkish Armed Forces expelled 21,000 of its personnel due to links with FETÖ.
Speaking at the Army War College graduation ceremony in the capital Ankara, Erdoğan said no other country in the world had been subjected to such a shock as the coup attempt of the July 15, 2016 and then introduced such an efficient new system in such a short time.
Erdoğan said that after the coup attempt, Turkey carried out a comprehensive reform of the Turkish Armed Forces, including its educational institutions.
He pointed out that the college provided training to a total of 16,448 students and interns in the 2020-2021 academic year, of whom 15,501 were Turks and 947 foreign guests from 20 different countries.
The number of graduates has now reached 23,433 with guests, Erdoğan said, adding, “In other words, the losses from the July 15 coup have been more than compensated in terms of numbers.”
“Our university, which has achieved a vaccination rate of more than 99% of its students and staff by taking all the necessary sanitary measures, has also become an exemplary institution in this regard,” he said.
Erdoğan said a total of 1,452 students, 1,351 Turkish and 101 foreigners, graduated from military academies affiliated with the college.