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US, Japan Ink Cyber-Space-ISR Collaboration Pacts

partnershipThe U.S. and Japan have signed a new set of military and diplomatic agreements to collaborate on cyber, space and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance initiatives, Defense Systems reported Wednesday.

Mark Pomerleau writes that the partnership comes amid an increase of Chinese military activities in the Asia-Pacific region.

The cybersecurity cooperation agreement focuses on the exchange of information related to threats such as state-sponsored cyber activities that affect the commercial sector, the report said.

That pact covers network and system monitoring, resiliency and educational exchanges, bilateral exercises and whole-of-government efforts on cyber matters, Pomerleau reports.

According to the report, the agreement on space cooperation also seeks to fosters information sharing in order to build up situational awareness and operations in early-warning ISR, positioning and navigation, meteorological observation and command, control and communications.

Japan and the U.S. will also share ISR information and conduct “supportive” missions to ensure peace and security, the report said.

Pomerleau writes that the ISR agreement highlights cooperation on maritime security.

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