Agencies caught ‘off guard’ by drill

CRITICIZED: Government agencies taking part in an NSC exercise had no idea what resources were available to them and where to find them, a government official said

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 01, 2018
By: Lo Tien-pin  /  Staff reporter

A four-day drill conducted last month by the National Security Council (NSC) to test

President Tsai Ing-wen speaks in a recorded message as part of a national security drill on Sept. 12. The subtitle reads: “A united Taiwan will never fall.”  Photo courtesy of Military News Agency

the government’s ability to respond to national security emergencies exposed various problems, and President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has called for improvements, a senior government official said yesterday.

The drill, which took place from Sept. 8 to 11, caught many government agencies off guard, as they had “no idea what resources were available and where to find them,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Tsai has asked for more training and improved coordination between government agencies and military units, the official added.

More than 20 government agencies took part in the drill, they said.    [FULL  STORY]

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