Audaciously shouldering Taiwan's national defense

Chair Su Tseng-chang introduces DPP's Fifth Defense Policy Blue Paper
Taiwan must "promptly adjust its national defense strategy, military strategy, and operational concepts" to meet growing Chinese military threats and "establish Taiwan's self-defense capability" the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)'s Chair Su Tseng-chang declared, and made these recommendations:

1. Implement concrete and comprehensive measures to strengthen cyber defense capabilities;

2. Accelerating the indigenous production of submarines; and

3. Transforming Taiwan's air capabilities to include indigenous production of advanced long-range unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAV) and research regarding production of next-generation fighter jets.

The DPP's Fifth Defense Policy Blue paper (English translation begins at page 37), "China's Military Threats against Taiwan in 2025," details the pace and scope of China's military buildup in cyber warfare capability, growth of the precision and diversification of missiles and fifth generation fighters, plus the PLA Navy's transformation.

Protecting Taiwan's highly informationalized society is a top priority and demands attracting more information warfare personnel, developing asymmetrical cyber operational concepts and equipment, and strengthening cyber defense frontlines.

To defend Taiwan's maritime security, indigenous production of submarines should be initiated immediately and more proactively, in conjunction with the continued production of swift, stealth missile boats.

The high density and precision strikes of the PLA's missiles, fighters and bombers must be met by continued upgrading of the IDF and F16 fleets, procurement, if possible, of advanced fighters from foreign sources, indigenous production of advanced long-range unmanned combat vehicles (UCAVs) and research into the indigenous production of next generation fighter jets with refined long-range precision strike munitions.

Reiterating the DPP's call that Taiwan's national defense budget "should return to the level of 3% of GDP," Chair Su declared, "Only by audaciously shouldering the responsibility and bearing the burden of national defense can all of us and our future generations continue to enjoy the fruits of freedom and democracy."

The DPP Defense Policy Advisory Committee has launched a series of defense policy blue papers since June 2013. There were many Taiwanese and American experts, as well as several retired generals and admirals, who offered their valuable advice and insight during the process. The DPP is a responsible political party which values Taiwan’s national security and will continue publishing the Defense Policy Blue Papers on the issues such as force planning, budget, and serviceman throughout this and next year.