Naval War College Review


Given the importance of the Taiwan is- sue for U.S. foreign and security policy in East Asia, it is striking that relatively little has been written on Taiwan’s de- fense reform and modernization programs, especially in contrast to the substantial amount of work scholars and policy analysts have produced in recent years on Chinese military mod- ernization and its implications for re- gional security. Bernard Cole’s Taiwan’s Security: History and Prospects, which provides a comprehensive and well written assessment of recent develop- ments in Taiwan’s defense establish- ment, represents an important step in filling this gap.