JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.57
ACTIVITIES

KAKADU 2014

KAKADU 2014
KAKADU 2014

The MSDF took part in KAKADU 2014, multinational maritime joint exercise, hosted by Australian Navy from August 25th to September 12th. Fourteen countries in total including Japan participated in the exercise, which took place in the waters and air in and around Darwin, Australia. They carried out various trainings such as surface-to-air, anti-submarine, surface-to-ship exercises, tactical trainings, and communication trainings.

The MSDF sent approx. 220 personnel along with DDG Hatakaze and P-3C aircraft to the exercise with the purpose of improving its tactical combat skills and enhancing mutual understanding and trust with other participating countries.

KAKADU 2014
KAKADU 2014

Field Training Exercise with the U.S. Army

Field Training Exercise with the U.S. Army
Field Training Exercise with the U.S. Army

The GSDF carried out a field training exercise with the U.S. Army in Yakima Training Center located in WA, the U.S., from August 29th to September 28th. Approx. 350 GSDF members as well as approx. 300 U.S. Army personnel took part in the exercise to train their cooperative basics of various occupational categories and bilateral coordination basics, associating their movements and firepower, and thereby improved comprehensive combat skills of the units.

MOD FY2015 Budget Request

defense budget request
For English translation of the brochure on defense budget request,
go to http://www.mod.go.jp/e/d_budget/index.html

The MOD released its overview of FY2015 budget request in late August.

The budget request for FY2015 states that the MOD will continue to steadily improve defense capabilities, including acquisition of equipment decided to be newly introduced, in order to develop a Dynamic Joint Defense Force according to the National Defense Program Guidelines and the Medium Term Defense Program approved by the Cabinet in December 2013.

The MOD will build defense capabilities with particular emphasis on ISR capabilities, intelligence capabilities, transportation capability, command and control, and information and communications capabilities, response to an attack on remote islands, response to ballistic missile attacks, responses in outer space and cyber space, responses to major disasters, and responses focused on international peace cooperation activities and other similar activities. These defense capabilities will allow the MOD/SDF to seamlessly and swiftly play such roles as practicing effective deterrence and response to various situations, stabilizing the Asia-Pacific region and improving global security environments while attempting to further improve the joint functions.

In view of the current fiscal austerity, the MOD will practice efficient and rational spending compatible with other national policies.

The MOD will implement organizational reform including establishment of Defense Equipment Agency (provisional name) and strengthening of Joint Staff Office based on the Direction of the MOD Reform.

(Reference) Changes in defense-related expenditures
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