Thursday, October 06, 2011

Upgrade F-16's "vital for Taiwan", write US officials - Wendell Minnick

Wendell Minnick
Seven retired US air force officials urged in a letter for an upgrade of Taiwan's F-16 as "vital for Taiwan to defend itself and restore balance in the Taiwan Strait", defense specialist Wendell Minnick writes in Defense News. In Defense News:
The letter was addressed to Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the Armed Services Committee; and Robert Menendez, D-N.J., of the Foreign Relations Committee. They introduced the Taiwan Airpower Modernization Act (TAMA) on Sept. 12. It was signed by retired generals David Deptula, Michael Dunn, John Loh, William Looney, Lester Lyles and Lloyd Newton, and former Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne... 
"It is our assessment that the sale of F-16C/D aircraft to Taiwan will significantly help to restore the balance of power in the Taiwan Strait, increase stability in the region, and decrease the likelihood that the United States will one day have to intervene in a military action between China and Taiwan," said the letter.
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