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Taiwan to issue 1st quadrennial defense report

ROC Central News Agency

2009/03/15 23:53:10

Taipei, March 15 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense will release the country's first quadrennial (QDR) report Monday outlining plans for combat force streamlining and overhaul of the military commanding structure, sources familiar with military affairs said Sunday.

The report will be delivered at a meeting of the Legislative Yuan's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee in line with Article 31 of the National Defense Act passed in July 2008 which requires the defense ministry to submit a QDR to the legislature within 10 months of the inauguration of a new president.

The QDR report will be the fourth of its kind in the world and Taiwan will be the world's second country to publish such a report after the United States, the sources said.

According to the sources, the defense ministry had referred to the U.S. compiling format and convened 27 brainstorming and screening sessions before finalizing the report and presenting it to President Ma Ying-jeou for a review Feb.27.

In addition to reviewing the country's current defense policy, the report also forecasts security threats and challenges for the coming two decades, the sources said.

Referring to the country's declining birth rate, the report points out that trimming the number of combat troops is necessary and complies with the general world trend.

In tandem with President Ma's campaign platform on establishing an all-volunteer military system, the QDR report proposes to cut the number of troops to 215,000 by the end of 2014.

According to the report, the number of military command headquarters will also be trimmed from the current six to three by 2014. (By Sofia Wu) enditem

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