Veiled Normalization: The Implications of Japanese Missile Defense
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Japans development of a missile defense system has been accompanied by the acquisition of potentially offensive military assets, an increased command and control capability, significant restructuring of the collective defense establishment, and doctrinal changes that allow pre-emption should an attack be deemed imminent. Regardless of the long-standing Japanese debate on the constitutionality of the use of force, the introduction of missile defense has institutionalized key structural elements within the defense establishment marking a clear milestone in an on going trend towards security normalization.
- Antimissile Defense Systems