US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference 2006
September 10-12, 2006
The United States–Taiwan Defense Industry Conference 2006 was held September 10-12, 2006 in Denver, Colorado. This was the fifth in a series of ongoing conferences addressing the future of U.S. defense cooperation with Taiwan, the defense procurement process, and Taiwan’s future defense and national security needs.
The first conference in this series was held in St. Petersburg, Florida in March of 2002, the second in February 2003 in San Antonio, Texas, the third in October 2004 in Phoenix, Arizona, and the fourth in September 2005 in San Diego, California.
The 2006 conference featured keynote addresses from Ko Chen-Heng, Deputy Minister (Policy) at Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, by William C. Greenwalt, the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense, and by Clifford Hart, Director of the Office of Taiwan Coordination at the U.S. Department of State.
Sessions at the US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference featured moderators and several speakers. Each speaker presented a short summary of a paper on the session topic from his or her own viewpoint, followed by a moderator-driven question and answer period. This format provides the maximum amount of time for exchanges between the panel and the audience, offering a forum for substantial and valuable interaction and discussion.
Three sub-sessions within Session IV concentrated on each branch of the services: Army, Air Force, and Navy. These sessions consisted of discussions focusing on current issues from the perspective of each individual branch, Army, Air Force, and Navy. This year, the themes discussed included Joint Offshore Defense (Air), Joint Offshore Defense (Sea), and Homeland Defense.