Taiwan-made MK-30 rockets are launched from Thunderbolt-2000 multiple rocket launchers during the annual Han Kuang military exercise in Penghu, west of Taiwan

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(Defense News)

April 14, 2016

Taiwan Forced to Rethink Its Air Defense Strategy

Taiwan-made MK-30 rockets are launched from Thunderbolt-2000 multiple rocket launchers during the annual Han Kuang military exercise in Penghu, west of Taiwan

Photo by Pichi Chuang/Reuters

by Michael Lostumbo

Air defense planners in Taiwan face a daunting challenge. They need to have enough capacity to deter China, which not only has a large military but, more importantly, for the past 25 years has spent heavily on modernizing that force. In modern warfare, air dominance is important in its own right, but it also enables other types of military operations by land and sea forces....

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Michael J. Lostumbo is a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation.

This commentary originally appeared on Defense News on April 13, 2016.