An Update on the Japanese Defense Budget, 2020

08/31/2020
The Japanese are reworking their defense capabilities to provide for enhanced perimeter defense. We projected this trajectory for Japanese defense policy in our book on Pacific defense published in 2013. According to the preface to the Japanese Ministry of Defence's overview of the way ahead for its defense programs: Japan…

Misawa Air Base: The USAF and JSADF Cooperation

07/29/2020
According to a Japanese Ministry of Defence article published in July 2020, a recent exercise by the USAF and the JASDF was highlighted. Misawa Air Base is the Koku-Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force)`s only air base operated jointly with the United States. The joint use started in 1958. Currently, there…

The Next Phase of Australian Defense Strategy Development: A Discussion with Brendan Sargeant

07/24/2020
By Robbin Laird Last month, the Australian government announced its new defense strategy and force development plan for the decade ahead. It represents both continuity and change from the 2016 strategy, but clearly expresses a recognition of the new strategic environment within which Australia finds itself. It also expresses both…

RAAF Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld’s Commanders Intent

06/10/2020
On June 4, 2020, RAAF Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld provided his concluding remarks at the virtual RAAF Airpower Conference on the Indo-Pacific Region. Originally, the conference was to be held in March 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19. But the RAAF’s Airpower Development Centre has moved ahead with a virtual…

The Return of Direct Defense in Europe and Political Warfare: A Canadian Perspective

05/27/2020
A key part of the direct defense challenge being faced in Europe today is political warfare with the 21st century authoritarian powers. And a key policy instrument being used by both Russia and China WITHIN European states is disinformation guided by an ability to connect that disinformation with the defense…

The “Five Eyes” and Managing Strategic Dependency on China

05/26/2020
Our colleague John Blackburn has highlighted the publication of a new report published by the Henry Jackson Society, based in London. A new report by a UK Think Tank, the Henry Jackson Society, addresses the supply chain dependence on China by the "Five-Eye" powers. Of the five powers, Australia is…

Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Clark, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Air Power in the Indo-Pacific Region

05/24/2020
Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Clark of the Royal New Zealand Air Force spoke recently to the virtual RAAF Airpower Conference on the Indo-Pacific Region. Originally, the conference was to be held in March 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19. But the RAAF's Airpower Development Centre has moved ahead with a virtual conference,…