NATIONAL FOCUS:The National Defense technology division is to facilitate public-private cooperation and eliminate the duplication of effort at a research institute
Date: , Oct 12, 2016
By: Aaron Tu and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The Ministry of National Defense yesterday confirmed that it is to create a military technology research
establishment next year, saying that it would be similar to the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Deputy Minister of National Defense Lee Hsi-ming (李喜明) first mentioned the program at the recent Taiwan-US Defense Industry Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Yu Yu-tang (游玉堂), head of the Technology Planning Division of the ministry’s Department of Resources Planning, yesterday said that the division would be remodeled and upgraded to serve the national technology development role.
The division is to be remodeled as the National Defense Technology Division on Jan. 1 next year with a budget of NT$3 billion (US$94.9 million), and it is to be upgraded at some point to become the National Defense Technology Office, a special establishment at the departmental level, Yu said. [FULL STORY]