Wednesday, September 12, 2012

ROC Navy eyes ‘war of the flea’ option

Kuang Hua VI fast-attact missle boasts at sea
Taiwan’s Navy aims at blocking an amphibious assault with smaller, faster craft. A look at future strategies for littoral defense  

The days when the Republic of China Navy (ROCN) could engage in a boat-for-boat competition with the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) are long gone. This reality — one with which Taipei appears to have reconciled itself — has forced military planners to reassess how Taiwan can best secure its littoral waters. 

My article in the September issue of Strategic Vision for Taiwan Security, published by NCCU’s Center for Security Studies and the ROC National Defense University (NDU), can be accessed here. Don’t miss the other articles in this issue, which was produced in conjunction with the ROC 2012 International Sea Lines of Communication (SLOC) Conference sponsored by NDU.

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