Officials Discuss Report on U
Officials Discuss Report on
U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines
By Jim Garamone, DoD News,
Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. – (DoD
News) – October 8, 2014 – U.S. officials yesterday gave an interim report on
progress of revising the guidelines for U.S.-Japanese Defense Cooperation.
The officials, speaking on background, said the new
guidelines are in response to new threats extant in the world and to a new
willingness of Japan to embrace a greater role in the world.
The last time the guidelines were revised was 1997 and that
was done in repose to the end of the Cold War and the growth of North Korean
New guidelines cover cyber, space
The new guidelines cover operations in the cyber world and in
space. It also discusses new challenges to freedom of navigation, and the
further growth of the North Korean threat. The revision grew out of the
so-called 2-plus-two talks last year between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel,
Secretary of State John F. Kerry and their Japanese counterparts.
The new guidelines, “capture the greater scope of our
alliance cooperation, reflecting its more global nature,” said a senior State
For the United States, the revision continues the
whole-of-government rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. For Japan, the
revision “corresponds to its efforts for the defense of its territory and people
and the policy of ‘Proactive Contribution to Peace’ based on the principle of
international cooperation,” according to the interim report.
The areas under discussion include joint information sharing,
cooperation in space and cyber, non-combatant evacuations, the role of
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, air and ballistic missile defense,
peacekeeping, logistics support and maritime security.
The officials stressed this is an interim report, and said
they are on track for the final report to be completed by the end of the year.
“There is a lot of work cut out for us ahead,” said a senior defense official.
Reflection of U.S.-Japan alliance
The guidelines seek to expand the scope of cooperation to
reflect the global nature of the U.S.-Japan alliance. “The two governments will
enhance bilateral cooperation in various areas to generate a more peaceful and
stable international security environment,” the interim report states.
One large difference from the present guidelines is the
emphasis on trilateral and multilateral security and defense cooperation with
regional allies and partners.
“The revised Guidelines will lay out how the two governments
will work together to promote security and defense cooperation based on
international law and internationally accepted norms,” the report states.
The final guidelines will address how the United States and
Japan will work with friends and allies in peacekeeping operations,
international humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, maritime security,
capacity building, logistics support and noncombatant evacuation operations.
Today’s threats are often amorphous and can have immediate
impacts on countries that are not even the main targets.
“In view of such a complex security environment, the two
governments will take measures to prevent the deterioration of Japan’s security
in all phases, seamlessly, from peacetime to contingencies,” the report says.
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Interim Report of the U.S.-Japan Guidelines for Defense Cooperation Released