ABSTRACT

Japan's 2010 National Defense Program Guidelines: Coping with the 'Grey Zones'   [open pdf - 11MB]

"Based upon a strategic assessment that portrays the US in relative decline and international public goods (the high seas, including exclusive economic zones, airspace, outer space and cyberspace) deteriorating, Japan has placed new emphasis on developing its own capability to deter China in the 'gray zones' of disputed territories and waters near its southern island chain. Consensus across the Japanese security community on this new strategic outlook has lead to the abandonment of the Basic Defense Force concept and the adoption of a 'Dynamic Defense Force' concept as the underlying logic driving Japan's defense policy. Japan's new policy of dynamic deterrence emphasizes increasing its visibility in the southern islands through improved intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance (ISR) capabilities as well as enhancing its capability to deal with contingencies arising in that area by developing a more mobile and flexible force structure that is better coordinated for a timely response."

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Asia-Pacific Papers
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2011-04
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