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Taiwan: Analysis of defensive capabilities

Published on October 18, 2022

Taiwan: Analysis of defensive capabilities

Dr. Pei-Shiue Hsieh, a research fellow at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research, Taiwan, is one of the Command PE users. His research focuses on modeling and simulations, wargaming, geopolitics, and arms races. He recently wrote a fascinating article for the Diplomat on how he used Command to model ship area denial around the island. He designed several scenarios to test and compare the effectiveness of these possible options using Command PE. The scenarios range from a full-on Chinese Invasion to a Naval Blockade throughout the Miyako Strait.
A snapshot of his conclusions:
“Overall, the purpose of this article was not to propose the AGM-158C as the sole countermeasure Taiwan needs; nor do I underestimate the value of the legacy Harpoons and other anti-ship weapons. Rather, AGM-158C missiles together with other defense options can strengthen Taiwan’s deterrence posture by forming a multi-layered anti-ship system.(…) To repel the PLAN, Taiwan needs more than just its legacy short- and medium-range countermeasures. The AGM-158C missiles will force the PLAN to position its carrier strike groups farther away from Taiwan and thus increase the uncertainty and risks of China’s operation plans.” 

To read the full article, click here

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