The following are excerpts from a special report in the Monday edition of the China Times on the Control Yuan’s investigative findings:
Control Yuan members Huang Huang-hsiung and Ke Yung-kuang came up a report last week on their investigation into the military’s “lean and mean” project.
After years of adjustments, the military has finally streamlined its hierarchy and introduced a joint commanding and combat mechanism, the report said.
Huang hailed that the number of senior military officers has been reduced from over 390 to slightly more than 290.
Under the military refining project, the number of total military service members has been cut to slightly over 210,000.
Nevertheless, Huang said, the number of combat forces accounts for just over 140,000 and the number of non-combat staff still reaches nearly one-third of overall military members.
Huang said he hopes the staff of non-combat units can be further streamlined.
Moreover, he suggested that the military adjusts its basic strategic concept from focusing solely on cross-strait standoff to cover possible disputes in the East and South China Seas.
After recent Diaoyutai Islands disputes and the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fishing boat by a Philippine government vessel near the South China Sea, the military should consider whether it has enough forces to cope with situations there, Huang suggested.
With relations across the Taiwan Strait improving in recent years and China’s progress in military modernization, Huang said, the military’s defense strategy now focuses on preventing any enemy from landing on Taiwan by using asymmetry strategy and information and electronic warfare technologies.