Home / DoD / US, Japan Agree to Increase Military Cooperation; Chuck Hagel Comments

US, Japan Agree to Increase Military Cooperation; Chuck Hagel Comments

Chuck Hagel
Chuck Hagel

The U.S. and Japan have agreed to broaden their alliance in the face of growing military threats from North Korea and China, according to a New York Times article.

Jennifer Steinhauer and Martin Fackler write that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry signed an agreement with their Japanese counterparts to strengthen Japanese missile defense radars, deploy U.S. drones and jointly combat cyber threats.

The key issue throughout the talks for the two allies was how to respond to China, considering the rising power has sent ships to challenge Japan’s control of an uninhabited group of islands in the East China Sea.

“Our bilateral defense cooperation, including America’s commitment to the security of Japan, is a critical component of our overall relationship,” said Hagel.

As part of the agreement, 9,000 U.S. Marines will be moved from bases in Okinawa to locations outside of Japan, including 5,000 personnel being relocated to Guam.

Japan is also planning to create a National Security Council, modeled after the American version.

The U.S. will also place a new X-band radar system in Kyogamisaki which is near the Japanese city of Kyoto, according to the article.

Check Also

Aviation & Missile Center Begins Dev’t of FORCE Simulator

The Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Aviation and Missile Center is developing a simulator to equip warfighters with reinforced survivability, lethality and situational awareness functions, Dvids reported Monday. “We’re looking to evaluate the impact of autonomy, the human-machine interface, and decision-aiding tools on an air mission commander performing manned/ unmanned teaming missions,” said Tom Alicia, engineering research psychologist at AvMC's Aviation Development Diretorate.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *