Mari Yamaguchi Associated Press Published 12:00 p.m. UTC Aug 31, 2018 Tokyo – Japan’s Defense Ministry is seeking to more than double spending on missile defense, including purchases of costly American arsenals, to defend against North Korean threats. The record-high 5.3 trillion yen ($47 billion) request for fiscal 2019, approved Friday by the ministry, is up 2.1 percent from last year. The military spending has risen seven consecutive years under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The request related to missile defense rises to 424 billion yen ($3.8 billion) from about 180 billion yen last year. The overall government budget plan is to be submitted for Cabinet and parliamentary approval later this year. The final budget could still grow because the request leaves out spending to reduce Okinawan communities’ burden of hosting many of 50,000 American troops stationed on the southern island and a relocation cost for some troops to the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. A … [Read more...] about Japan would boost missile defenses in record budget
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Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press Updated 11:16 pm PDT, Thursday, August 30, 2018 In this Aug. 24, 2017, photo, Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces' Type-16 mobile combat vehicle runs during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo. Japan's Defense Ministry is seeking a record-high budget for fiscal 2019 that would more than double spending on missile defense, including purchases of costly American arsenals. less In this Aug. 24, 2017, photo, Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces' Type-16 mobile combat vehicle runs during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo. Japan's Defense ... more Photo: Eugene Hoshiko, AP FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2014, file photo, Japan Air Self-Defense Force crew members set up cordons to protect a mockup of the F-35 fighter jet during the annual Self-Defense Forces Commencement of Air Review at Hyakuri Air … [Read more...] about Japan would boost missile defenses in record military budget
Robert Burns, Ap National Security Writer Updated 1:56 pm, Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Photo: Susan Walsh, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this June 12, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump waves after saying goodbye to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore. Trump says the Singapore summit put North Korea on a path to eliminating its nuclear weapons. If that proves true, then it also may have poked a hole in the Pentagon's main argument for a multibillion-dollar expansion of missile defense. Although uncertainty remains over North Korea's intentions, if it does disarm, then Congress may see less logic to spending $6 billion or more to expand a missile defense system based in Alaska. less FILE - In this June 12, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump waves after saying goodbye to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella … [Read more...] about If North Korea disarms, will US missile defense lose favor?
By Robert D. McFadden Published 4:33 pm, Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Photo: Scott Stewart / Associated Press 1988 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Frank Carlucci served as secretary of defense during the last year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Frank Carlucci served as secretary of defense during the last year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Photo: Scott Stewart / Associated Press 1988 Frank C. Carlucci, defense secretary to Ronald Reagan, dies at 87 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Frank C. Carlucci, a troubleshooting Republican who worked for four presidents in a wide-ranging government career that reached its zenith when he served as national security adviser and secretary of defense in President Ronald Reagan’s second term, died Sunday at his home in McLean, Va. He was 87. His wife, Marcia Myers … [Read more...] about Frank C. Carlucci, defense secretary to Ronald Reagan, dies at 87
May 22, 6:17 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Reuters 05/22/18 AT 6:10 AM The USS Milius, one of the United States Navy's most advanced guided missile destroyers, arrived in Japan on Tuesday to reinforce defenses against any ballistic missile attacks by North Korea, or anyone else in East Asia.The warship's arrival at Yokosuka Naval Base comes three weeks before an unprecedented meeting is supposed to take place in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.The show of force is a reminder of the military pressure that can be brought to bear on North Korea as the United States seeks to press it to abandon its nuclear weapons and its ballistic missile program.The Milius will "support security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region by bringing enhanced missile defense capabilities as a ballistic missile defense platform," the U.S. Navy said in a statement. The U.S. … [Read more...] about US Reinforces East Asia Ballistic Missile Defense As Trump-Kim Summit Nears