Geography a tactical edge: defense report

ASYMMETRIC WARFARE: The military could take advantage of Taiwan’s geography to prolong the fighting and control the course of battle in case of war, the report said

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 25, 2020
By: Aaron Tu and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Alongside advanced weapons, the nation’s defense strategy should take advantage of Taiwan’s geographical characteristics to bolster its asymmetric warfare capabilities, the Institute for National Defense and Security Research said.

The Ministry of National Defense has increased its supply of precision ammunition in recent years, but should also devise strategies that take better advantage of the nation’s geographical characteristics to lengthen the engagement in the event of a conflict with China, the institute said in a report released on Aug. 7.

Taking into account the nation’s defense strategy, its limited resources and its geostrategic environment, and giving consideration to cost effectiveness, the military could make use of long-range precision weapons to “use terrain to control the sea and the sky,” the report said.

If China were to attack, it would put Taiwan under time pressure, so the military should try to take advantage of the nation’s geography to prolong the fighting and control the course of the battle, it said.    [FULL  STORY]

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