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The Role of the Ground Self Defense Force in Defense of the Pacific Basin.

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The contribution of ground forces to the defense of the Pacific Basin has long taken a tertiary priority to consideration of maritime and air force roles in this vast arena teaming with potentials for conflict. Much has been written about protection of sea and air lines of communication. However, it may serve us well to consider why those maritime and air forces were there. Ground forces controlled the terrain, and determined who could claim possession of same. Today, vast numbers of ground forces stand poised to defend their chosen holdings of terrain, be that continental or oceanic, legitimate or non-legitimate. The Government of Japan has, within constitutional constraints and practicable political realities, also adhered to this scheme of prioritization. This has been with the full implication, encouragement, and cooperation of the Government of the United States, during and after occupation. However, the role of ground forces must be given its due in competition for resources and in planning to provide a solid core around which ground power can be forged. The Ground Self Defense Force can be this core. The two governments, for their continued mutual security, should give a higher priority to development of the GSDF as a sustainable force capable of rapid deployment and reinforcement to defend Japanese territories, trained and equipped to operate with U.S. forces in all areas. These forces can then be factored into the strategic and operational planning for defense of the region in a manner which will take advantage of the latent potential which now marks time.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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