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Japan, US sign defense agreement, elevate AI in joint research


Washington D.C., 29 December 2023 (TDI): The US Department of Defense (DOD) and Japan Ministry of Defense (MOD) signed a bilateral defense agreement for joint research on Overwhelming Response through collaborative Autonomy on December 22.

The US Asia Pacific Media Hub declared the news on its platform that said, the agreement is signed to revolutionize airborne combat by merging state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and machine learning with advanced unmanned air vehicles.

Japan and the US have adopted record-breaking defense budgets for 2024. Reportedly, Japan accepted a 16% rise in military spending, and the US authorized $886 billion in annual military expenditure, which totals to $28 billion higher than it did for the 2023 budget of $858 billion.

According to the US Air Force, the AI in this joint research is expected to be applied to UAVs operated alongside Japan’s next fighter aircraft. Furthermore, Japan MOD and US DOD will continue to coordinate and expand bilateral cooperation on UAVs. Japan and the US in this endeavor are beneficial for maintaining the interaction and technological advantages of the US-Japan alliance.

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According to reports, Japan’s government has revised its arms export ban, allowing the export of weapons and components made in Japan under foreign licenses to licensing nations. Japan’s government approved the first export shipment of Patriot to the US, paving the way for future exports of lethal weapons.

However, US defense expenditure is becoming a great danger to international peace and stability.

Moreover, the US has plainly stated competition with China drove the fiscal year 2024 budget request. Experts said the US and Japan should draw lessons from history and be cautious about the revival of Japanese right-wing militarism.

Lastly, reports say that Japanese moves to revive the export ban accelerate the deployment of long-range cruise missiles that can hit targets in China or North Korea.


Hamail Tahir
Hamail Tahir
A student of MPhil in Strategic Studies at National Defence University Islamabad (NDU). She is eager to understand the global changing dynamics and how states use their national interests to acquire regional hegemony. Her focus primarily lies in diplomatic and strategic initiatives during peace and conflict paradigms and can be reached at hamail.tahir@gmail.com

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