Theater missile defense: the effects of TMD on U.S.-Japan security relations
Spurlock, Kenneth Reace.
Wirtz, James J.
MetadataShow full item record
This thesis examines the continued pursuit of co-production efforts by the United States with Japan. The President has identified the development of Theater Missile Defenses (TMD) as a priority to counter the proliferation of theater ballistic missiles (TBM) and weapons of mass destruction (WMD). In keeping with the priorities set forth by the President the Secretary of Defense has made several proposals to the Japanese government in regards to the purchase, increased technical exchanges and co-production of TMD systems. This study reviews the potential impact such efforts may pose on the future of the U. S.-Japan security relationship and the ability of the United States to exert its influence in the Asia-Pacific region. The environment which led to the initial security agreement in 1951 has been significantly altered and many believe that TMD may be the necessary tool to restore stability to the relationship. Through the application of three alliance theories this thesis analyzes the U.S. decision to pursue joint TMD production with Japan. This thesis provides background information for three theories and applies them to the history of the U.S.-Japan alliance the FS-X co-production effort and the extended TMD proposals. Based on this application and analysis this study concludes that co- production of TMD will impede the production of TMD, and therefore not in the direct interest of the United States. In addition the exchange of technology as well as the co-production efforts will reduce the credibility and influence of the United States within the U.S.-Japan alliance. However, if the United States alone continues with its domestic development and deploys TMD systems as part of its national military strategy, it can avoid the negative effects and degradation of its influence within the alliance.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
NATO's Deterrence Review: Strategic Fiddling while Rome Burns?; Strategic Insights, v. 10, issue 3 (Winter 2011), 1-8. Topic: North Atlantic Treaty Organization Sloan, Stanley R. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2011-12);In May 2011, American and European experts on NATO deterrence issues met in Tallinn, Estonia, to consider and help inform the review of NATO,s deterrence strategy as mandated by NATO leaders in the November 2010 Lisbon ...
Reinforcing Hub-and-Spoke: Addressing People's Republic of China Influence within U.S. Indo-Pacific Alliances Day, William; Norton, David; Therrien, Lisa (Monterey California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2019-06);The People's Republic of China under the Chinese Communist Party has come to view the United States' system of bilateral alliances in the Indo-Pacific region as a strategic threat to its interests. China has therefore ...
Zoerlein, Timothy A. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 1996-12);This thesis examines the viability of the United States-Japan security relationship by considering four scenarios. The scenarios are discussed using a number of specific factors likely to affect the security relationship ...