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U.S.-Japan Alliance Conference: Meeting the Challenge of Amphibious Operations

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RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States

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In order to explore the origins, development, and implications of Japans decision to establish an Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade ARDB within the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force JGSDF, the RAND Corporation convened a public conference on March 6, 2018, at its offices in Santa Monica, California, that brought together leading U.S. and Japanese military and security experts to explore the issue. Among these experts were two of the leading Japanese generals responsible for helping to initiate and establish the ARDB, an expert scholar on Japanese security and defense policy, and a U.S. Marine general responsible for cooperating with the JGSDF in Okinawa. The scholars and practitioners who contributed to this event were asked to evaluate the reasons for the ARDBs establishment, its deterrence and defense capabilities, its relevance for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, the extent to which it contributes to jointness within the Japan Self-Defense Forces, its relationship with and value to the U.S. Marine Corps, and ideas for the future evolution of Japans amphibious operations capabilities.

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