Drive Them into the Sea

Military Review – The only method of preventing China from successfully annexing Taiwan is to reject calls for a cease-fire, contain Chinese bridgeheads and airheads into as small a perimeter as possible, and then drive the invaders into the sea. Contrary to the limited Army supporting role envisioned in the Pacific, an Army corps will be indispensable and must be fully incorporated into U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) Taiwan contingency plans.

United States Approves Possible FMS Of MQ-9B SeaGuardian To Taiwan

Naval News – The United States’ State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Taiwan of four “Weapons-Ready MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft and related equipment” for an estimated cost of $600 million. The system has “anti-submarine strike capabilities” meaning it is the SeaGuardian variant of General Atomics’ MQ-9B.

United States Approves Possible FMS Of Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems To Taiwan

Naval News – The United States’ State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Taiwan of up to 100 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.37 billion. If confirmed, this procurement would significantly boost the Island’s defense against potential amphibious landings by Chinese forces.

Between the Giants: The Future of the Taiwanese Navy in an Era of Great Power Competition

CIMSEC – In this new era of great power competition the ROCN is designed to maximize utility with a small budget while facing a much wealthier and larger adversary. The small surface fleet patrols and guards the island’s territorial waters, while the anti-invasion force is designed to ensure that the PLA will not be able to land troops on the beach without paying a heavy toll. The future of the ROCN is likely one of further bifurcation, with the anti-invasion fleet continuing to dwarf the surface fleet. Pursuant to its hedgehog strategy, the ROCN will concentrate on raising the cost of conflict with China in the years to come in an attempt to prevent Chinese aggression, while the surface fleet will conduct goodwill tours and conduct joint operations with allies to build relationships and raise Taiwan’s image abroad.

F-16V Fighters For Taiwan: $8 Billion Well Spent? Yes and No

National Interest – James Holmes writes that it is incumbent on President Tsai and her advisers to mull the opportunity costs of the looming F-16V purchase. What Taipei spends on Vipers cannot be spent on something else, barring a major increase in the fraction of GDP allocated to defense. If $8 billion would buy platforms and weapons with greater operational and strategic heft, budgeteers should redirect funding to procure them.