Japan-U.S. Extended Deterrence Dialogue
June 10, 2014
The Government of Japan and the Government of the United States will hold a bilateral Extended Deterrence Dialogue from June 10 to 12 (local time) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the United States. The Japanese side is represented by DDG Takeo Akiba (North American Affairs Bureau, MOFA) and DDG Ro Manabe (Defense Policy Bureau, MOD) and the U.S. side by PDAS Anita Friedt (Nuclear and Strategic Policy, DOS), DAS James Zumwalt (East Asia and Pacific Affairs, DOS), DASD Elaine Bunn (Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy, OSD, DOD).
As part of the EDD, both Japanese and the U.S. participants will visit nuclear-related sites at Sandia National Laboratories to deepen understanding of the nuclear weapons systems that support U.S. extended deterrence guaranteees.
The Extended Deterrence Dialogue provides an opportunity for the two governments to frankly exchange views on how to secure alliance deterrence as part of their security and defense cooperation. Through this dialogue, the Government of Japan, a recipient of U.S. extended deterrence, can deepen understanding on its mechanism and coordinate its security policy with the U.S. government.
The two governments have long been discussing deterrence issues in various fora, and this Extended Deterrence Dialogue has been held on a regular basis since 2010.