What Would Japan Do if They Discovered North Korea Was About to Start a Nuclear War?

While a preemptive-strike capability for Japan isn’t impossible, it is more difficult than many observers realize. Building the force necessary for prosecuting an air campaign would certainly necessitate busting the 1 percent GDP cap on defense spending that Japan currently has in place, but like the prohibition on “offensive” weapons, that too is a policy matter that can be reversed. Another, less lethal national security concern is Japan’s debt problem, which is currently north of 200 percent GDP. Whatever path Japan decides to take won’t be easy.

Why 21st Century War Requires a Civilian Doctor Response Plan

In December 2016, a team of U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) suffered several injuries in Northwest Iraq. Among those injured, one member was critical and quickly bleeding out. The nearest military assistance, an Army Forward Surgical Team, was well over an hour away in Erbil, Iraq. Today, that SOF member is alive, not because a helicopter was deployed to transport him to Erbil, but because he didn’t even go to Erbil.