The Japanese Approach to Defense Procurement

09/20/2012
2012-09-20 By Richard Weitz Japan’s defense procurement policy maintains a desire for autonomy, corporate nurturing, and technology diffusion. Although it is somewhat more open to arms exports and collaborating with foreign companies than in the past, defense procurement still suffers from two grave defects. First, the high degree of protectionism…

Japan’s Hard Power Assets

09/17/2012
2012-09-17 By Richard Weitz The Japanese government continues to allocate approximately one percent of the country’s GDP to the military, a fairly low level compared to most countries. But the enormous size of Japan’s economy means that even this formula generates one of the largest defense budgets in the world.…

Japan Seeks a New Blend of Soft With Hard Power

09/13/2012
2012-09-13 By Richard Weitz Japan’s support for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom stimulated further efforts to restructure both the legal and organizational dimensions of the country’s national security policies. This was driven by the clear need to enhance Tokyo’s ability to respond to internal and external security threats…

“Dynamic Defense” Of Japan: The North Korean Driver

09/11/2012
2012-09-11 By Richard Weitz Unlike in Europe, where the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Warsaw Pact ushered as a new era, the Asia Pacific region did not experience an abrupt phase transition during the late 1980s and 1990s. From Japan’s perspective, the demise of the…

The Impact of Japan-Russian Tensions on a New Pacific Strategy

09/04/2012
2012-09-04 By Richard Weitz The United States should make a greater effort to help Japan and Russia reduce their territorial tensions. Whatever its causes, the dispute prevents these two countries from aligning together to advance their common security and economic interests, which are also shared by the United States. When Boris…

Japan and Russia: The Current Deadlock

09/02/2012
2012-09-02 By Richard Weitz Japan and Russia are on a collision course and can be resolved only if both sides have the wil to do so. History has a long reach in the Pacific and managing history is a constant of any Pacific strategy. Japanese and Russian historians can cite competing…

PHIBRON 11, USS Tortuga, Japan

09/02/2012
09/02/2012: PHIBRON 11, USS Tortuga, JapanIn [slidepress gallery='phibron'] Credit: USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6):8/30/12 In the first photo, Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, climb aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46), during a sea-to-ship Combat Rubber Raiding Craft training operation.The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready…