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Arming the Alliance: US-Japan Cooperation in Defense Acquisitions
- Gregg Rubinstein (U.S. National Defense Industry Association International Committee)
Gregg Rubinstein will lead a discussion of armaments cooperation in US-Japan security relations. For many years US-Japan interaction on defense acquisition programs developed with little reference to capability requirements or acquisition planning – let alone broader policy dialogue. Consultations under the “2+2” framework seldom considered acquisition matters, while dialogue intended to bridge the policy-acquisition gap was largely confined to oversight of R&D projects.
Recent developments have encouraged efforts to address this long-standing policy-acquisition disconnect. Policy-focused Roles, Missions and Capabilities (RMC) dialogue has evolved toward closer examination of defense capability needs – a process accelerated by adoption of Revised Guidelines for US-Japan Defense Cooperation. Amended Japanese government policies on defense acquisition and exports have in principle opened the way to closer interaction on defense programs between Japan and the US as well as third country partners. In practice, all this remains a work in progress – dependent on resolution of institutional challenges and more flexible attitudes among bureaucratic and industry stakeholders.
U.S. National Defense Industry Association International Committee
Gregg Rubinstein’s involvement with defense and aerospace programs in the Asia-Pacific Region is based on lengthy experience as a planner, negotiator, and manager. During twelve years as a Foreign Service Officer he worked on US-Japan defense and trade issues in the US Embassy, Tokyo and the State Department’s Office of Japanese Affairs. At the Department of Defense (DoD) he served in the Defense Security Assistance Agency and Tokyo the US Embassy’s Mutual Defense Assistance Office. After leaving government service he worked in industry and then as a consultant on security policy and defense industrial programs in the Asia-Pacific region; he continues to work with DoD an advisor on Japan programs
Gregg Rubinstein was educated at the University of Chicago, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and Sophia University. He has written numerous articles on US-Japan security relations as well as studies for DoD on armaments cooperation with Japan. As a member of the National Defense Industry Association’s International Committee, he contributes to government-industry projects on defense acquisition, foreign military sales, and export control.