Monthly archive December, 2011
Asia Security Watch: Sovereignty and National Defense

Asia Security Watch: Sovereignty and National Defense

As the year comes to a close, discussion of America national security policy has focused on the “pivot” to Asia. Yet, while America is interested primarily in the region as a national security concern, policymakers are less interested necessarily in the divide between America and many Asian states over national security policy. As William Overholt...

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Asia Security Watch: Total War in Cyberspace

Asia Security Watch: Total War in Cyberspace

By now, many may have seen the widely reproduced Adam Segal post on Huang Chunping’s article in China Defense Daily about a cyber-mobilization structure during warfare. Those following the evolution of Chinese information warfare (IW) thought–particularly readers of Timothy Thomas’ various books will find little of particular novelty. I am struck, however, by the continued...

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Asia Security Watch Links 12/30/11

  * New tracked Chinese IFV spotted * Taiwan to end conscription in 2013 * Bill Sweetman on F-35 proponents * Indonesia to purchase 6 Su-30 fighter jets from Russia * North Korean giant spotted at Kim Jong-il funeral

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Japan and AirSea Battle

Japan and AirSea Battle

Sasebo Naval Base, just outside Nagasaki. Creative Commons photo, Flickr user Fui. In the early-1980s, the U.S. Department of Defense, struggling to figure out how to defend West Germany from a Warsaw Pact invasion, created AirLand Battle. AirLand Battle had one purpose: to stop Soviet, East German, and Polish mechanized forces from overrunning western Europe in...

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Asia Security Watch: Links for 12/27/11

  * South Korea to purchase French spy aircraft * Opinion: “Build Japan-India naval ties” * China’s Cyber Command * Taiwan retiring two patrol ships * Malaysia, China to advance military ties

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The Chief Cabinet Secretary's Statement on Arms Exports

The Chief Cabinet Secretary’s Statement on Arms Exports

A summary of the Noda Cabinet’s decision on Japan’s arms’ export policy has been circulating through the media and appearing in various online editions. I have just downloaded the official document that was distributed to the media at the reporters meeting with Chief Cabinet Secretary Fujimura, which represents the actual changes to the policy. This...

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Japan's 'Three Principles of Arms Exports' about to enter a new phase

Japan’s ‘Three Principles of Arms Exports’ about to enter a new phase

At today’s meeting of the Japanese Security Council (安全保障会議) the proposal to relax Japan’s ‘Three Principles of Arms Exports’ (武器輸出三原則 – hereafter, the ‘Three Principles’) will be tabled and agreed to. The information will be publicly promulgated by way of a Chief Cabinet Secretary Statement (官房長官談話). That this is finally happening is not much of...

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2011 and Japan: Highlighting the Positive Role of the SDF

2011 and Japan: Highlighting the Positive Role of the SDF

JSW contributor James Simpson offers his take on the most important security development for Japan and its neighborhood over the past year: better societal-military relations in Japan.

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Asia Security Watch: Links for 12/23/11

  * Varyag, flagship of the Russian Fleet, on exercise off coast of Petrapavlosk * As China asserts presence in South China Sea, Philippines seeks F-16s from U.S. * Will South Korea follow Japan in F-35 acquisition? * 2012: A big year for the PLAN * Thailand, India to increase defense cooperation  

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Asia Security Watch: The Enigma of AirSea Battle

Asia Security Watch: The Enigma of AirSea Battle

Air Sea Battle is taking center stage in the emerging American Pacific regional military strategy. Now that the concept has acquired new-found fame, it has also similarly acquired enemies. Marine Corps War College Professor James Lacey is the latest to attack AirSea Battle as a operational concept elevated to strategy. Bryan McGrath of Information Dissemination...

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Is F-35 the Right Choice for Japan?

Is F-35 the Right Choice for Japan?

Examining some of the perspectives that grew out of international media coverage of Japan's decision to purchase the F-35 as a replacement to its aging fleet of F-4 Phantoms.

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Asia Security Watch: South Korea to Export Submarines to Indonesia

Asia Security Watch: South Korea to Export Submarines to Indonesia

A $1.1 Billion submarine deal with Indonesia effectively doubles South Korea's arms exports

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