December 17, 2010

Robotic Skies: Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and the Strategic Defense of Japan

By Patrick M. Cronin and Paul S. Giarra

Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, which are strategically important in peacetime, are a vital national asset in crises when time is a critical factor in decision-making and demands for information escalate drastically. In recent year's, Japan's security environment has grown increasingly less secure, making the collection and dissemination of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) information more important than ever to Japan’s defense.

This report argues that ISR is important for Japan’s strategic defense in particular and for regional security in general. It examines the role of ISR capabilities; analyzes Japan’s shifting strategic environment and growing need for improved ISR capabilities and integration, including ground-based analysis and use of the information that is retrieved; and assesses how Japan might utilize enhanced ISR through its alliance with the United States, by bolstering its national capacity, and by cooperating with other key countries in the wider Asia-Pacific region.

  • Patrick M. Cronin

    Former Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Patrick M. Cronin is a former Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the ...

  • Paul S. Giarra

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