Monthly archive December, 2011
Asia Security Watch: South Korea Developing Bunker-Buster Bombs

Asia Security Watch: South Korea Developing Bunker-Buster Bombs

South Korea both buying US weapons systems and designing their own for use by 2013

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F-35 Officially Selected as F-X Fighter

F-35 Officially Selected as F-X Fighter

It comes as no surprise, but the F-35 will be Japan's next-generation fighter, beating out the F/A-18 Super Hornet and the Eurofighter Typhoon in a contentious decision that seems to favor the technology over time constraints.

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Oriki briefs Pacific Defense Chiefs on Tohoku

Oriki briefs Pacific Defense Chiefs on Tohoku

Last month the 14th annual Chiefs of Defense Conference was held at Camp Smith, Hawaii. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), the conference . Past attendees to the conference include defense chiefs from Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, France, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Korea,...

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Japan Raises Info-Gathering Activities in Response to Kim Jong-il's Death

Japan Raises Info-Gathering Activities in Response to Kim Jong-il's Death

The death of Kim Jong-il forces the Japanese authorities to increase information-gathering activities across civilian and SDF organizations.

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F-15 Goes Off-Road in Okinawa As News of Kim Jong-il's Death Breaks

F-15 Goes Off-Road in Okinawa As News of Kim Jong-il's Death Breaks

As the world hears of the death of Kim Jong-il, the ASDF scrambles an F-15 from Naha Air Base which subsequently rides off the runway. The timing raises suspicion, but the real news is in the disruption it caused to the civilian airport it shares a runway with.

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Discussion: Kim Jong-il Dead: What Next?

Discussion: Kim Jong-il Dead: What Next?

With the death of its leader and the rise of his son, what's next for the Hermit state? JSW readers discuss the long-awaited news of Kim Jong-il's death.

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Japanese destroyer to visit China: Thawing Sino-Japanese relations (again)

Japanese destroyer to visit China: Thawing Sino-Japanese relations (again)

It has been announced that the JMSDF will be sending a destroyer on a good will visit to China next week. Why is this so significant? What are some implications?

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Official F-35 Announcement Delayed?

Following the news earlier in the week that the F-X program was all but decided in favor of the F-35, defense watchers have been waiting for the official announcement due tomorrow, Friday 16th December. According to the Shingetsu News Agency (@ShingetsuNews), this announcement has been postponed until next week pending other government business.

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Asia Security Watch: South Korea Seeking to Acquire Controversial CBU-105 Cluster Bombs

Asia Security Watch: South Korea Seeking to Acquire Controversial CBU-105 Cluster Bombs

Going against world trends, South Korea pursues the acquisition of US-made CBU-105 Cluster Munitions

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F-X Selection Heading Towards F-35

F-X Selection Heading Towards F-35

Both Yomiuri and Kyodo are suggesting that the F-X selection has been whittled down to the F-35 ahead of an official announcement.

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Asia Security Watch: North Korea Hates Christmas

Asia Security Watch: North Korea Hates Christmas

North Korea threatens action against South Korea on reports the ROK will again be setting up Christmas lights on the DMZ border

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Asia Security Watch: Chinese Fisherman Murders South Korean Coast Guardsman

Asia Security Watch: Chinese Fisherman Murders South Korean Coast Guardsman

South Korea's renewed focus on the battle to stop illegal Chinese fishermen in it's Exclusive Economic Zones brings renewed casualties

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