Coping with Defense in an Era of Tight Budget
Andrew Nien-Dzu Yang
Vice Minister of National Defense for PolicyTaiwan
Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou has observed that cross-Strait reconciliation not only can bring peace and prosperity but also constitutes Taiwan’s first line of defense and security. At the same time, maintaining strong national defense is an essential pillar to deter external threats and to support peaceful engagement. This requires continuous modernization not only of weapons systems but of personnel training and skills, especially as Taiwan moves toward an all-volunteer force. Vice Minister Andrew Yang will address Taiwan’s efforts to square the circle between ensuring sufficient capability for meaningful self-defense and the maintenance of credible deterrence while coping with tight financial resources.