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Sunday, October 4, 2015
Conference Check-In 3:00pm-8:00pm
Welcome Reception 6:00pm-8:00pm

Monday, October 5, 2015
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 - The 2016 Elections: Potential Impact on Taiwan’s Defense Posture

Taiwan’s Legislative and Presidential elections in January of 2016 have the potential to shake up the island’s political landscape. This session will examine the potential implications of these elections on Taiwan defense and military policies, as well as how the outcome might affect the cross-Strait relationship and Taiwan’s national security position.

Luncheon with Keynote Address

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)
Session II - The Future of Taiwan Defense: Concepts, Strategy & Regional Cooperation

This session will consider potential evolutionary changes and new approaches for Taiwan beyond the 2001 arms sales package, and will examine how new intellectual concepts could inform future military strategy. It will review how Taiwan is adapting its Air/Land/Sea defense to PLA modernization efforts, and discuss how Taiwan could serve as a case study for other militaries in the region concerned about China’s growing capabilities. Panelists will also appraise possible regional cooperation in developing expanded strategic situational awareness.

Coffee Break 3:45pm-4:00pm
Session III - The Future of Taiwan Defense: Capabilities & Solutions

Building on the previous session, this panel will examine how changes in strategy might play out in procurement, arms sales, and indigenous development, as well as how adapting new strategies could affect funding, investments, and the move to an all-volunteer force. Panelists will discuss potential new capabilities and solutions such as network integration, unmanned vehicles, and new undersea deterrents, and will review other possible solutions that the U.S. could provide in support of Taiwan’s objectives - such as technical services and maintenance support. With Taiwan by necessity moving towards developing indigenous capabilities, the panel will also examine if Taiwan’s experience could potentially benefit industry in neighboring countries.

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

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Conference Check-In 7:00am-12:00pm
Breakfast 7:00am-8:00am
Session IV - What’s Next? Options in an Integrated Air & Missile Defense System

This session will consider Taiwan’s air & missile defense objectives, examining potential strategic changes such as switching focus from air supremacy to air denial while also reviewing potential future options. With a U.S. F-35 sale currently unlikely, panelists will debate the merits of and tradeoffs between pursuing additional upgrade paths, creating a new indigenous fighter program, and potential additional options such as the hot transfer of an existing production line. In addition, the session will discuss if other systems, such as THAAD, could be an option for Taiwan to augment its air & missile defense capabilities.

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

This session will provide a follow-up to the 2014 panel, which took an in-depth look at Taiwan’s proposed indigenous submarine programs, discussed technical, political, and budgetary obstacles, and evaluated options and prospective cooperative models for the U.S. and Taiwan. The 2015 session will provide insight into the progress that has been made a year later, and discuss how best to ensure continued forward momentum. Panelists will examine steps that Taiwan is taking to push the programs forward, and how partners such as the U.S. and Japan might support Taiwan’s efforts.

Conference Closing
U.S. Department of State