|The United StatesTaiwan Defense Industry Conference 2004 was held October 3-5, 2004 in Scottsdale, Arizona. This was the third in a series of ongoing conferences addressing the future of U.S. defense cooperation with Taiwan, the defense procurement process, and providing a progress report on Taiwan's future defense needs. The conference also looked in-depth at Taiwan's C4ISR, submarine, and missile defense programs.
The first conference in this series was held in St. Petersburg, Florida in March of 2002, and the second conference in the series was held in February 2003 in San Antonio, Texas.
This year, the conference featured keynote addresses by a variety of speakers, including an address by General Huoh Shoou-yeh, Deputy Minister for Armaments at the Ministry of National Defense of Taiwan, and Richard Lawless, Deputy Under Secretary, International Security Affairs - Asia Pacific, at the U.S. Department of Defense.
Sessions at the United States-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference featured one moderator 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.
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