December 19: Comparative Missile Balance in East Asia
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Global Taiwan Institute invites you to a public seminar titled: “Comparative Missile Balance in East Asia.” Newspaper articles regularly feature articles about China’s Dong Feng missiles, Taiwan’s Hsiung Fengmissiles, North Korea’s Taepodong, South Korea’s Haeseong, and US missiles such as THAAD or Aegis SM-3 deployed in the East Asia region. We have assembled a panel of experts to discuss the role such missiles play in each country’s order of battle, and to especially differentiate between conventional missiles versus nuclear missiles and their disparate missions. What would come into play during a Taiwan scenario, Senkaku scenario or South China Sea scenario? How would missile strategies differ between a small-scale local fight versus the horrible possibility of all-out war between major powers?
Doors will open at 11:30 AM. A light lunch will be served, and the event will begin at 12:00 PM. Kindly RSVP by December 17. Please, direct questions or concerns to Program Associate Marzia Borsoi-Kelly at email@example.com.
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Brendan Mulvaney is the director of the China Aerospace Studies Institute. Dr. Mulvaney served as a Marine for a quarter of a century, where he flew more than 2000 hours as a AH-1W Cobra pilot, and was an Olmsted Scholar in Shanghai, China. He served at Camp Pendleton, CA; in China as an Olmsted Scholar at Fudan University, where he earned his Ph.D. in International Relations; in Iraq; in Washington D.C. as the inaugural Director of the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Red Team, and most recently at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis where he was the Associate Chair for Languages and Cultures and taught Chinese language and culture.
Rick Fisher is a senior fellow on Asian military affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center and a member of GTI’s Advisory Board. Fisher is a recognized authority on the PRC military and the Asian military balance and their implications for Asia and the United States. His most recent book is China’s Military Modernization: Building for Regional and Global Reach (Praeger Security International). Fisher has worked on Asian security matters for over 20 years in a range of critical positions — as Asian Studies Director at the Heritage Foundation, Senior Analyst for Chairman Chris Cox’s Policy Committee in support of the report of the Select Committee for US National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China, and a consultant on PLA issues for the Congressionally chartered US China Security & Economic Review Commission.
Eric Gomez is a policy analyst for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. His research focuses on U.S. military strategy in East Asia, missile defense systems and their impact on strategic stability, and nuclear deterrence issues in East Asia. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the State University of New York-College at Geneseo, and a Masters of Arts in International Affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
David An (moderator) is the senior research fellow at the Global Taiwan Institute, where he speaks and publishes his writings on diplomacy, security, and economics in the East Asia region. He was previously a political-military affairs officer covering the East Asia region at the US State Department where his responsibilities involved coordinating bilateral diplomatic dialogues, arms sales decision making, and working closely with the Department of Defense. At the State Department, he initiated the first Taiwan inter-agency political-military visit to the US comprised of generals and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, which have continued to occur annually. Mr. An received his first State Department Superior Honor Award for this series of political-military visits, and also for taking the lead on congressional notification of $6.4 billion dollars in US arms sales–Black Hawk helicopters, Patriot missiles–to Taiwan in 2010.