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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Conference Check-In 3:00pm-8:00pm
Welcome Reception 6:00pm-8:00pm

Monday, October 6, 2014
Conference Check-In 7:00am-6:00pm
Breakfast 7:30am-8:45am
Keynote Address

Senior Representative
Ministry of National Defense
Introduction by Raymond Burghardt, Chairman, American Institute in Taiwan
Session I - Taiwan’s Role in the Strategic Rebalance

As part of its “pivot to Asia,” the United States is attempting to forge closer security ties with the Asia-Pacific. Taiwan has a well-established partnership with the U.S., and is uniquely positioned to be an important partner in that effort. This session will examine the role Taiwan could play within the strategic rebalance, in support of U.S. goals and within the context of Taiwan’s current and future national security position.

Luncheon with Keynote Address

Dr. Wu Jaushieh (Joseph)
Washington Representative
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)
Session II - Taiwan’s 5 to 10-Year Plan

The Taiwan military faces a challenging environment in which to maintain a credible deterrence posture, retain its operational capabilities, sustain readiness levels, and preserve equipment inventories. This session will examine Taiwan’s modernization goals and efforts to encourage innovation and develop asymmetric strategies, while outlining Taiwan’s future plans and evaluating its near- to medium- term objectives.

Coffee Break 3:45pm-4:00pm
Session III - The Arms Sales Process: Current Status & Potential New Approaches

Taiwan arms sales requests –whereby it procures from the U.S. the articles and services it needs to meet its defense requirements – are supposed to be considered on a routine, as-needed basis. This session will evaluate the current process for Taiwan arms procurement, including discussing if it is actually functioning as intended. The panelists will also consider the potential for new and different approaches to the process.

Reception 6:00pm-7:00pm
Dinner with Keynote Address
Senior Representative
U.S. Department of State

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Conference Check-In 7:00am-12:00pm
Breakfast 7:00am-8:00am
Session IV - Expanding Models for Security Cooperation

Building on the previous discussion on the arms sales process, this session will examine ways to expand on current models under which Taiwan acquires needed systems from the U.S. The panel will discuss the pros and cons of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) models from the U.S. and Taiwan perspective, appraise lessons learned from previous successful programs, and examine the potential for expanding on current models.

Coffee Break 9:30am-9:40am
Session V - Taiwan’s Indigenous Submarine Programs

An expanded submarine fleet would add tremendously to Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities. With foreign acquisition long stalled, Taiwan is exploring a new domestic sub program and an upgrade program for its existing Guppy IIs. This session will take an in-depth look at Taiwan’s proposed indigenous submarine programs, discuss technical, political, and budgetary obstacles, and evaluate options and prospective models, including partnership opportunities for U.S. and Taiwan companies.

Conference Closing
Rupert Hammond-Chambers
US-Taiwan Business Council