US-Taiwan Business Council


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Taiwan National Defense Industry Development Association


Virtual Event


June 7, 2021


Eastern Daylight Time
8:45 am - 12:30 pm



2021 Virtual Taiwan-US Defense Business Forum

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The US-Taiwan Business Council and the Taiwan Defense Industry Development Association (TW-DIDA) will co-host the virtual 2021 Taiwan-US Defense Business Forum (台美國防產業論壇) to discuss granular issues of bilateral cooperation in the defense industry supply chain.

This year, we will discuss ways to expand U.S.-Taiwan co-development and co-production in the defense sector beyond a strict seller/buyer relationship, as well as potential new ways for U.S. companies to interact with the Taiwan-based defense community. We will also talk about U.S.-Taiwan cybersecurity cooperation. The event will take place June 7, 2021 in the United States, and June 7-8, 2021 in Taiwan.

Members of the Taiwan Defense Industry Development Association and the US-Taiwan Business Council have gradually become familiar with each other through many joint activities, and together they are building a mechanism for defense industry cooperation between Taiwan and the United States. The two organizations look forward to continuing their cooperation, and to host this important discussion.


June 7 (EDT)
June 7-8 (NST)

08:45 – 09:00 EDT
20:45 – 21:00 NST
Welcome & Opening Remarks

Pi-Hsiang Han, Chairman, Taiwan Defense Industry Development Association (Via Video)
Rupert Hammond-Chambers, President, US-Taiwan Business Council

09:00 -09:40 EDT
21:00 – 21:40 NST
Opening Keynote Address

Randall G. Schriver, Chairman, The Project 2049 Institute

09:40 – 09:50 EDT
21:40 – 21:50 NST
09:50 – 11:05 EDT
21:50 – 23:05 NST
Session 1

U.S.-Taiwan Defense Industry Cooperation: Opportunities for Future Co-Production/Co-Development

The United States and Taiwan have a long history of cooperation on defense and national security issues. Taiwan and U.S. companies are exploring ways to deepen their business and commercial relationships with the assistance of their respective governments. This session will review potential mechanisms for promoting the strategic integration of the private sector into U.S.-Taiwan defense relations, and consider ways to expand U.S.-Taiwan co-development and co-production in the defense sector beyond a strict seller/buyer relationship.

Manohar Thyagaraj, Vice President, Taiwan Office, BAE Systems

Colby Ferland, Coordinator for Research and Programs, Project 2049 Institute
Wan-June Ma, President, Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC)
Vikram Mahajan, Director, Aerospace and Defence, India, US-India Strategic Partnership Forum
Roger Yee, Global President, Magna Imperium Consulting, LLC

11:05 – 11:10 EDT
23:05 – 23:10 NST
11:10 – 12:25 EDT
23:10 – 24:25 NST
Session 2

Cybersecurity in the Defense Supply Chain

Taiwan and the U.S. both have extensive cybersecurity competencies, but securing systems and networks are a constant business challenge. This session will explore how defense companies on both sides are trying to better understand cybersecurity needs in the defense supply chain. We will examine how the U.S. Department of Defense sees cybersecurity in the context of supply chain risk management. We will also discuss Taiwan’s path towards working within the new U.S. “Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification” (CMMC) framework.

Ming-Wei (Benson) Wu, Co-Founder, CyCraft/CyCarrier

Wei-Ming (Paul) Ding, General Manager, Digicentre Company, Ltd.
Major (Ret.) Pei-Chun (JJ) Lee, Information Security Product Manager, Athemaster Co., Ltd.
Patrick (Pat) J. Thornton, Director of CIS Enablement, Corporate Information Security, Lockheed Martin Corporation

12:25 – 12:30 EDT
24:25 – 24:30 NST
Closing Remarks

Rupert Hammond-Chambers, President, US-Taiwan Business Council

Agenda as of June 6, 2021.

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Press Note

Unfortunately, we will not be accepting registrations for this event from members of the press. We will, however, be hosting a press conference in conjunction with the Forum.

The closing press conference will take place Monday, June 7, 2021 at 12:40pm EDT virtually via WebEx meetings. We will forward the press conference login information to our press list. To sign up for the press conference and to receive press notices from the US-Taiwan Business Council, please use the main contact form and submit a Press Inquiry. If you have received press releases from us in the past, you are already on the list.