|The US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference 2011 was held September 19-20, 2011 in Richmond, Virginia. This was the tenth 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.
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, the fifth in September 2006 in Denver, Colorado, and the sixth in September 2007 in Annapolis, Maryland. Taiwan's Minister of National Defense Chen Chao-min gave the keynote address at the seventh conference in the series, held in September 2008 on Amelia Island, Florida. The eighth conference was held in September 2009 in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the ninth conference was held in October 2010 in Cambridge, Maryland.
Keynote speakers at the 2011 conference included Dr. Andrew Yang, Vice Minister (Policy) from Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense, and Dr. Peter Lavoy, Acting Assistant Secretary for Asian & Pacific Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense. US-Taiwan Business Council Chairman Dr. Paul Wolfowitz was the conference host.
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.
There were three sub-sessions within Session IV. These sub-sessions conducted discussions focusing on the Threats, Requirements & Solutions for each individual branch: Navy, Army, and the Air Force.