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Sunday, September 30, 2012
Conference Check-In 3:00pm-8:00pm
Welcome Reception 6:00pm-8:00pm

Monday, October 1, 2012
Conference Check-In 7:00am-6:00pm
Breakfast 7:30am-8:45am
Welcome Remarks

Paul D. Wolfowitz, Chairman, US-Taiwan Business Council
Session I - Defense Policy in President Ma’s Second Term

Session one will examine the factors likely to shape Taiwan defense policy during President Ma Ying-jeou’s second term in office. The session will consider changes to the Taiwan national security team and how new personalities might influence defense policy initiatives and the defense budget. The session will also include dialogue on topics such as extant and potential pressure from China, while offering counterpoints from the opposition perspective.

Moderator: Shirley Kan
Specialist in Asian Security Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Defense, & Trade Division
Congressional Research Service
Speaker: Abraham Denmark
Senior Project Director, Political & Security Affairs
National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)
Speaker: Fu S. Mei
Taiwan Security Analysis Center
Speaker: Tsai Ming-shian (Michael)
Institute for Taiwan Defense and Strategic Studies
Speaker: Representative
Ministry of National Defense
Topic: "Defense Policy of ROC - Strong Defense Force"
The Looming Taiwan Fighter Gap

Brief introduction of the US-Taiwan Business Council’s new report.

Moderator: Rupert Hammond-Chambers
US-Taiwan Business Council
Speaker: Fu S. Mei
Taiwan Security Analysis Center
Luncheon with Keynote Address

Dr. Wu Jaushieh (Joseph)
Democratic Progressive Party
Introduction by Rupert Hammond-Chambers, President, US-Taiwan Business Council
Session II - Innovation: Tactics & Capabilities

This session will examine alternative strategies for Taiwan’s armed forces, where meeting the PRC threat through innovative tactics and capabilities could improve Taiwan’s defensive posture while leveraging its unique strengths. The discussion will touch on topics such as asymmetric warfare, swarm tactics, indigenous defense development, submarines, unmanned aerial vehicles, etc.

Moderator: Admiral Dennis C. Blair
Speaker: Mark Stokes
Executive Director
Project 2049 Institute
Speaker: Joanna Yu
Project 2049 Institute
Speaker: Representative
Ministry of National Defense
Topic: "Defense Operation of Taiwan - Asymmetric Force Power and Innovative Strategy"
Coffee Break 3:45pm-4:00pm
Session III - Implementing Innovation

Building on the discussion in Session II, this panel will look at ways for the Taiwan armed forces to implement innovation. The discussion will center on currently release-able technologies, collaboration, modeling, simulations, and training, and will include a discussion on leveraging Taiwan’s technology base for defense innovation.

Moderator: LtGen Wallace C. Gregson
Senior Director, China and the Pacific, Center for the National Interest
Senior Advisor, Avascent International
Speaker: Jeff Bloom
Taiwan Desk & Pacific Team Lead, International Cooperation, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics
U.S. Department of Defense
Speaker: Simon Liu
Vice President
Data Force System
Speaker: Representative
Ministry of National Defense
Topic: "How to Promote National Defense Capability through Key Technology Transfer of Industrial Cooperation"
Discussant: Edward Ross
EWRoss International, LLC
Reception 6:00pm-7:00pm
Dinner with Keynote Address
Nien-dzu (Andrew) Yang
Vice Minister of Defense (Policy)
Ministry of National Defense (MND)
Introduction by Paul D. Wolfowitz, Chairman, US-Taiwan Business Council
Introduction by Raymond Burghardt, Chairman, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Conference Check-In 7:00am-12:00pm
Breakfast 7:00am-8:00am
Session IV - The Cyber Threat

Cyber warfare and cyber espionage have become an ever-growing political-military challenge, and are now priority issues for the defense establishment in both Taiwan and the U.S. This session will examine network and information security challenges and cyber war preparedness from both a U.S. and a Taiwan perspective, and will look at opportunities for collaboration in meeting this evolving threat.

Moderator: John Tkacik
Director, Future Asia Project
International Assessment and Strategy Center (IASC)
Speaker: Steven Adair
Director of Cyber Intelligence
Terremark Worldwide, Inc.
Speaker: Stewart Baker
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Speaker: Sung-ting (TT) Tsai
Manager, Advanced Threat Research
Trend Micro, Inc.
Speaker: Representative
Ministry of National Defense
Topic: "The Current Threats and Challenges of Cyber Security"
Coffee Break 9:30am-9:40am
Session V - Leadership Change & the Trilateral Political Environment

This session will assess the potential impact of the upcoming U.S. elections and changes in Chinese leadership on the trilateral Taiwan/U.S./China relationship. The panel will also look at potential effects that these leadership changes could have on defense policies during the second term of Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou.

Moderator: Rupert Hammond-Chambers
US-Taiwan Business Council
Speaker: Dr. Jacques deLisle
Director, Center for East Asian Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Speaker: James L. Schoff
Senior Associate, Asia Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Speaker: Randall Schriver
Armitage International
Concluding Remarks
Rupert Hammond-Chambers
US-Taiwan Business Council