The US-Taiwan Business Council is pleased to announce that it will host the 7th annual US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference on Amelia Island, Florida, from Sunday, September 28 – Tuesday, September 30, 2008.
Conference sessions will focus on a range of subjects, including Taiwan’s long-range plans for force modernization; military transformation and the move to an all professional force; the complex challenges of managing large programs and satisfying domestic obligations; the role of space as it relates to security in the Taiwan Strait; and information and network assurance. We will also examine how America’s two presidential candidates might manage US-Taiwan relations.
Council President Rupert Hammond-Chambers noted that “this event comes at an important time in the defense relationship. President Ma’s Kuomintang (KMT) government has only been in power for a few months, and the substance and tone of his security priorities is just emerging. In addition, we are still waiting for the Bush Administration to submit the outstanding arms sales notifications awaiting Congressional review, an issue that raises serious implications for future U.S. commitments to Taiwan.”