Event: US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference 2019
October 6-8, 2019
Ellicott City, Maryland
The US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference 2019 will be held October 6-8, 2019
in Ellicott City, Maryland. This will be the 18th annual event in a
series of ongoing conferences addressing the future of U.S. defense
cooperation with Taiwan, the defense procurement process, and Taiwan’s
defense and national security needs.
This year, the conference will open with a discussion on the
future & evolution of Taiwan’s Overall Defense Concept (ODC),
looking at what emerging technologies may mean for the concept, and how
changes to funding, force structure, and available equipment may affect
Taiwan’s ODC plans.
The second, third, and fourth sessions will examine the
multi-faceted threat facing Taiwan – starting with lower threat levels
during everyday life in Taiwan today, moving to the medium-intensity
threat, and then to all-out war. The discussion will look at topic such
as political warfare, cybersecurity, subversion and disinformation,
potential naval and aerospace blockades, embargoes, government
decapitation schemes, and limited ballistic missile strikes. Speakers
will also discuss how a sharp conflict may develop and escalate, and
will consider the most likely assault vectors – including amphibious,
air, missile, cyber, and others. We will also examine potential Taiwan
response strategies and tactics, and the role that the U.S. and other
Taiwan allies may play.
The last session will consider the needs of Taiwan’s future
defense forces. Panelists will discuss how changes to a variety of
factors – such as the move towards an all-volunteer force; issues
surrounding adequate recruitment, training, and retention; demographic
changes; expanded reserves, among other issues – can affect Taiwan’s
military readiness, and how to meet those challenges.
Keynote Addresses & Conference Program
Keynote speakers will include senior representatives from Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense and from the U.S. government.
Conference sessions at the US-Taiwan Defense Industry
Conference feature a moderator and several speakers on the panel, and
some sessions may include additional commentators. Each speaker gives a
short presentation on the session topic from his or her own viewpoint
and expertise. Those presentations are then followed by a moderator-led
discussion among the panelists, as well as a moderator-driven question
and answer period with the attendees. This format offers the maximum
amount of time for exchanges among the panelists, as well as between the
panel and the audience, allowing the sessions to become a forum for
substantial and valuable interaction and discussion.
Registration is now open at the 2019 US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference website.
Source: Taiwan Defense
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