WASHINGTON – The question OF whether Taiwan can or should be defended by the United States in the event of Chinese military aggression has caused considerable debate in recent months within the U.S. defense and foreign policy communities. The Diplomat reports. Continue reading original article
The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:
22 June 2021 -- Discussions on this subject have been made more difficult as a result of emerging military technologies, especially in artificial intelligence (AI), cyber, robotics, and hypersonic systems, and questions about how they will influence the quantitative and qualitative cross-strait military balance between China and Taiwan, as well as between China and the United States.
One scenario involves possible future military conflict between the United States and China over Taiwan in 2030, with the potential Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) employment of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) swarms to degrade Taiwanese air-defense systems, and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) to target a U.S. Navy carrier strike group (CSG) in the Philippine Sea.
In this scenario Chinese UAVs and and UUVs knock out Taiwanese medium- to-long-range air defenses and put a U.S. Navy Ford-class aircraft carrier out of action in the Philippine Sea.
John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics