Tokyo-Seoul Divisions Present Formation of a United Front Regarding Pyongyang

11/10/2012
2012-11-10 by Richard Weitz In spite of a common threat, South Korea and Japan have struggled to present a united front against that threat. South Korea and Japan both face a common military threat from North Korea, made evident most recently by the DPRK artillery strike against Yeonpyeong Island in…

Rethinking US Defense Strategy in the Pacific

10/23/2012
2012-10-23 by Robbin Laird The United States became a Pacific power by means of gaining Spanish territory after the Spanish-American war, and events in Hawaii that eventually led to Hawaii becoming a U.S. territory.  The late 19th century saw the emergence of the U.S. as a Pacific power, so the pivot…

Ospreys Arrive in Okinawa as Part of the Dynamic Defense of Japan

10/02/2012
10/02/2012: Ospreys Arrive in Okinawa [slidepress gallery='ospreys'] Credit:III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific:10/1/12 In the first photo, Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 265 MV-22B Osprey aircraft fly from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 1, 2012. The Osprey flies twice…

US Military Presence and the “Dynamic Defense” of Japan

09/30/2012
2012-09-30 By Richard Weitz Although the Japanese-U.S. security relationship has evolved considerably since the end of the Cold War, the fundamental bargain enshrined in their mutual security treaty has remained. The United States will defend Japan from external aggression while the Japanese will facilitate this process by hosting U.S. military…

Japanese Defense Procurement at a Turning Point

09/26/2012
2012-09-26 by Richard Weitz As Japan moves forward in shaping a 21st century defense strategy, defense procurement reform will become part of the picture. Current policies result in major Japan’s indigenously produced weapons systems, such as tanks and fighter aircraft, ranking among the most expensive in the world. The Japanese…

The Challenge of Collaborative Defense Procurement: Japanese and American Perspectives

09/24/2012
2012-09-24 By Richard Weitz Despite recent efforts to enhance international cooperation on defense industrial issues, American companies that attempt to enter the Japanese defense market directly continue to complain about such recurring problems as bureaucratic impediments, language barriers, and the limited availability of post-sale repair and maintenance services. As a…

Japan and Global Defense Industrial Cooperation

09/23/2012
2012-09-23 by Richard Weitz Japan’s “Three Principles on Arms Exports” have also constrained the development of its domestic defense industry. The Japanese government adopted these comprehensive restrictions on the export of military equipment in 1967 to affirm the country’s renunciation of militarism. At the time, they prohibited Japanese companies from…

MV-22 conducts First Flights in Japan

09/22/2012
09/22/2012: Marine Corps aircrews begin conducting MV-22 aircraft functional check flights and pilot proficiency flights aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 21, 2012. These flights, which will occur over the next several weeks, will take place mostly over water, with any over land portion conducted within the MCAS…