Missions of ATLA
1. Ensuring Technological Superiority and Responding to Operational Needs Smoothly and Quickly
In order to secure technological superiority under the increasingly severe security environment surrounding Japan, and to deliver the superior equipment in such environment, ATLA will grasp trends in advanced technologies, formulate a technology strategy which sets forth the direction for future Research and Development (R&D) based on trends, cooperate with various R&D organizations within Japan and overseas, apply advanced dual-use technologies, and enhance technological capabilities through R&D projects. Also ATLA will smoothly and swiftly reflect operational needs of JSDF in every stage of defense equipment acquisition through project management.
2. Efficient Acquisition of Defense Equipment (Project Management)
Before the establishment of ATLA, work related to equipment acquisition in JMOD was divided over various organizations and departments. All these organizations and departments are now integrated into ATLA so that effective project management* becomes possible throughout the equipment’s lifecycle ranging from concept study, R&D, production, operation, maintenance/sustainment towards disposal, and efficient equipment acquisition is promoted. The Project Management Department in ATLA is structured to execute project management under designated Project Managers (PMs) with civilians and uniformed officers in each project team.
* Regarding R&D and procurement of defense equipment, Project Management is to formulate directions and plans for further effective and efficient projects and conduct necessary coordination by considering various factors such as performance, cost and schedule throughout the lifecycle of the equipment, from concept study to disposal
3. Strengthen Defense Equipment and Technology Cooperation
ATLA promotes defense equipment and technology cooperation from the perspective of contribution to peace and international cooperation and security of Japan including strengthening international security and defense cooperation, efficient and effective acquisition of equipment and maintaining and strengthening defense production and technological bases. Overseas transfer of defense equipment will be strictly examined in accordance with the Three Principles on Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology.
4. Maintain and Strengthen Defense Production and Technological Bases
Defense production and technological bases consist of human resources, materials and technologies in order to develop, produce, operate, maintain, sustain, improve and refurbish defense equipment, and they are necessary for activities and operations of JMOD/JSDF. Maintaining and strengthening such domestic bases are necessary in order for Japan to supply its own equipment suitable for its territorial characteristics and environment and also to fully demonstrate its defense capability. It is also significant from the point of economic effects in domestic industries through spin-off from defense equipment and creation of employment.
5. Cost Reduction Efforts and Strengthening of Inspection and Audit Functions
Although cost effective procurement activities by JMOD have been successful to a certain extent, efforts towards further cost effective procurement are necessary for future defense capability buildup, considering current situation surrounding defense budget and procurement of defense equipment. Promotion of further cost reduction efforts such as improvement of contracting systems concerning defense production will be progressed. Also, aiming to improve fairness and transparency concerning acquisition of defense equipment, inspection and audit functions will be strengthened through multilayered internal and external check in terms of measures to ensure fairness in contract and reinforcement of examination functions.