Accession Number : ADA114547

Title :   Sealane Defense: An Emerging Role for the JMSDF?

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Wile,Ted Shannon

PDF Url : ADA114547

Report Date : Sep 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 176

Abstract : Japan's economy, the third largest in the world, is totally dependent on the sea lines of communication for the importation of 90 percent of its energy requirements and strategic metals and for over 70 percent of its food. Despite the importance of the sealanes to Japanese security, the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) remains incapable of protecting those sealanes against interdiction. Although the JMSDF is currently the seventh largest navy in the world, future expansion has been stymied by Japan's steadfast refusal to increase defense spending above one percent of the GNP. Long-range procurement plans focus on qualitative improvements with a primary emphasis on anti-submarine warfare, a strategy which could foreshadow a building program to enable the JMSDF to control the vital sea lanes. On the other hand, political and domestic constraints on a strong military indicate a continuing reliance on the United States for Japan's security. This study examines the factors affecting military decision-making in Japan, looks into the problems and realities of sealane defense and analyzes the future prospects for the JMSDF. (Author)

Descriptors :   *National defense, *Defense planning, *Military forces(Foreign), *Japan, National security, Military planning, Naval operations, Threats, Interdiction, Foreign policy, International trade, Marine transportation, Antisubmarine warfare, Military budgets, Decision making, Theses

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science
      Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE