Monthly archive April, 2011
JSDF Earthquake Relief Photo Links

JSDF Earthquake Relief Photo Links

Ministry of Defense Maritime Self Defense Force Ground Self Defense Force #1, #2, #3 Air Self Defense Force U.S. Pacific Command (Flickr) U.S. Army Pacific (Flickr) Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (U.S. Department of Defense)

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Japan's Earthquake Revealed Key Satellite Gaps

Japan’s Earthquake Revealed Key Satellite Gaps

[The following guest post is courtesy of Peter J. Brown.] When Japan’s earthquake struck, Japan’s wired and wireless communications were quickly knocked out as the telecommunications infrastructure in the impacted zone collapsed. While much has been said about the importance of wireless social networking in such dire circumstances, the reality is that Japan’s emergency communications...

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MSDF Officer on Growth of South Korean Navy

MSDF Officer on Growth of South Korean Navy

In Spring 2010, former Vice-Admiral Yoji Koda of the Maritime Self-Defense Force wrote an article for the US Naval War College Review on the rise of the Republic of Korea Navy (The Emerging Republic of Korea Navy: A Japanese Perspective). The whole article makes for an interesting read, but I’ve highlighted the main bilateral-oriented conclusion...

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North Korean Submarine Drills

North Korean Submarine Drills

The Chosun Ilbo reported today that the South Korean military has been put on alert in response to increased submarine drills by the North: From: N.Korea Steps Up Submarine Drills “The North has been staging drills by mobilizing five or six subs including new Shark-class ones from naval bases on the east and west coasts,”...

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A First For Japan: Joint Task Force

A First For Japan: Joint Task Force

Joint Task Force Tohoku is the Japan Self-Defense Forces’ first-ever operationally deployed joint task force, commanding Ground, Air, and Maritime Self Defense Force units. JTF-Tohoku is commanded by Lieutenant General Eiji Kimizuka of the Ground Self Defense Forces. This is a big deal. Japan’s armed forces have a history of maddening parochialism. During the Second...

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MSDF Post-Earthquake DR Operations

MSDF Post-Earthquake DR Operations

The web site Surveillance To Go Nowhere has been keeping excellent track of MSDF activities in the aftermath of the Tohoku Earthquake. The site, which regularly monitors U.S. Navy fleet operations worldwide, started reporting on MSDF operations the day of the earthquake. It has the best rundown I can find of SDF operations in English....

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