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NSC to be responsible for procurement of major weapons systems

  • January 7, 2018
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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Sunday’s Tokyo Shimbun wrote that the Abe administration has decided that instead of the SDF, the National Security Council will take the lead in deciding which defense equipment to introduce, noting that the GOJ is eager to end the “compartmentalization” of the defense budget that has been typically disbursed in accordance with requests filed by each SDF branch. By allowing the NSC to have a greater say in defense budget allocation, the administration is hoping to earmark more funds for such areas as cyber and space defense and electronic warfare. The NSC will take the initiative in defense budget allocation beginning when the GOJ updates the five-year Medium-Term Defense Program in December.

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