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LDP proposes “multidimensional defense” concept for new defense policy guidelines

  • March 20, 2018
  • , Sankei , p. 2
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According to several informed sources, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) decided on March 19 to propose the realization of a “multidimensional defense structure” as the basic concept of the new National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) that the government is drawing up by the end of this year.


In addition to strengthening the integrated operation of the Ground, Maritime, and Air Self-Defense Forces (SDF), it will propose upgrading defense capabilities in new areas, such as cyber defense and space defense.


The government will draft the new NDPG based on the LDP’s proposals.


The concept of a “multidimensional defense structure” will replace the current concept of a “dynamic joint defense force.” An LDP Diet member specializing in defense issues stressed, “In response to the increasingly harsh security environment, the integrated operation of the Ground, Maritime, and Air SDF, as well as dealing with cyber defense, space defense, and other new areas is indispensable.”


The LDP’s draft outline of the NDPG will also state the need to deploy “aircraft carriers” devoted exclusively to self-defense. It will also call for the introduction of short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) fighters, with the top-range F-35B stealth fighters in mind.


It will also propose a new “active defense” strategy and call for the possession of “enemy base attack capabilities.”

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