|The United StatesTaiwan Defense Industry Conference 2007 was held September 9-11, 2007 in Annapolis, Maryland. This was the sixth 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 the St. Petersburg, Florida event where former Minister of National Defense Tang Yiau-ming gave the keynote address in March of 2002. The second conference in the series was held in February 2003 in San Antonio, Texas, the third in October 2004 in Phoenix, Arizona, the fourth in September 2005 in San Diego, California, and the fifth in September 2006 in Denver, Colorado.
The 2007 conference featured keynote addresses by speakers both from Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of State.
Sessions at the United States-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference featured a moderator and several speakers, and some included additional commentators. Each speaker presented a short summary of a paper on the session topic from his or her own viewpoint, presentations that were then 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. 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 & Emergency Response.
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