November 16th. According to a report by “Central News Agency” on the 15th, in order to strengthen cooperation in space with the United States, the Japanese government will send self-defense officers of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force to the Joint Space Operation Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California from October. .
According to reports, since October, self-defense officers of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force have been stationed at the Joint Space Operation Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Japanese government considers that after 2021, dispatching self-defense officers as official liaison officers will be stationed at the center to cooperate with the United States.
There are early warning satellites for detecting the launch of ballistic missiles in space, and artificial satellites for various purposes such as communication, positioning, and image collection, which are new areas of security.
The Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base is a US military base that monitors space debris and satellites for obstruction or attack. The Japanese government expects to establish the same monitoring mechanism for space conditions by 2022.
The Japanese government is also considering that in the future, Japan’s space situation monitoring mechanism will be linked to the US military system to enhance intelligence and information sharing between the United States and Japan.