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Japan's Aquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA)
« on: June 06, 2021, 08:26:30 PM »
Missions of ATLA
1. Ensuring Technological Superiority and Responding to Operational Needs Smoothly and Quickly

In order to secure technological superiority under the increasingly severe security environment surrounding Japan, and to deliver the superior equipment in such environment, ATLA will grasp trends in advanced technologies, formulate a technology strategy which sets forth the direction for future Research and Development (R&D) based on trends, cooperate with various R&D organizations within Japan and overseas, apply advanced dual-use technologies, and enhance technological capabilities through R&D projects. Also ATLA will smoothly and swiftly reflect operational needs of JSDF in every stage of defense equipment acquisition through project management.

2. Efficient Acquisition of Defense Equipment (Project Management)

Before the establishment of ATLA, work related to equipment acquisition in JMOD was divided over various organizations and departments. All these organizations and departments are now integrated into ATLA so that effective project management* becomes possible throughout the equipment’s lifecycle ranging from concept study, R&D, production, operation, maintenance/sustainment towards disposal, and efficient equipment acquisition is promoted. The Project Management Department in ATLA is structured to execute project management under designated Project Managers (PMs) with civilians and uniformed officers in each project team.

(* Regarding R&D and procurement of defense equipment, Project Management is to formulate directions and plans for further effective and efficient projects and conduct necessary coordination by considering various factors such as performance, cost and schedule throughout the lifecycle of the equipment, from concept study to disposal)

3. Strengthening of Defense Equipment and Technology Cooperation with other countries

ATLA promotes cooperation on defense equipment and technology from the perspective of peace contribution and international cooperation and the security of Japan including strengthening national security and defense cooperation with other countries, efficient and effective acquisition of defense for JSDF equipment and maintaining and strengthening defense production and technological bases. Overseas transfer of defense equipment will be strictly and carefully promoted in accordance with the Three Principles on Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology.

4. Maintain and Strengthen Defense Production and Technological Bases

Defense production and technological bases consist of human resources, materials and technologies in order to develop, produce, operate, maintain, sustain, improve and refurbish defense equipment, and they are necessary for activities and operations of JMOD/JSDF. Maintaining and strengthening such domestic bases are necessary in order for Japan to supply its own equipment suitable for its territorial characteristics and environment and also to fully demonstrate its defense capability. It is also significant from the point of economic effects in domestic industries through spin-off from defense equipment and creation of employment.

5. Cost Reduction Efforts and Strengthening of Inspection and Audit Functions

Although cost effective procurement activities by JMOD have been successful to a certain extent, efforts towards further cost effective procurement are necessary for future defense capability buildup, considering current situation surrounding defense budget and procurement of defense equipment. Promotion of further cost reduction efforts such as improvement of contracting systems concerning defense production will be progressed. Also, aiming to improve fairness and transparency concerning acquisition of defense equipment, inspection and audit functions are strengthened through multilayered internal and external check in terms of measures to ensure fairness in contract and reinforcement of examination functions.

Defense Equipment and Technology Cooperation

Three Principles on Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology

Japan had dealt with arms exports in a careful manner in accordance with the Three Principles of Arms Exports and their related policy guidelines (hereinafter referred to as “the Three Principles”). In December 2011, statement by the Chief Cabinet Secretary on Guidelines for Overseas Transfer of Defense Equipment, etc. put in place the exemption from the Three Principles based on the premise of strict control, with regard to peace contribution and international cooperation, and cases regarding international joint development and production of defense equipment that contributes to Japan’s security. However, the above-mentioned Guidelines were not applied to the range of production participation, including F-35 fighter by domestic industries in international logistics and support systems, and Japan’s decision of providing 10 thousand bullets to the United Nations from a GSDF unit in PKO in South Sudan (UNMISS). Therefore, Statement by the Chief Cabinet Secretary was issued individually to deal with these cases outside the Three Principles.

In light of these situations, the Government of Japan formulated the ‘Three Principles on Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology’ and its implementation guidelines based on the National Security Strategy in April 2014. These clarified the more concrete standards, procedures and limitation in a transparent manner.

Based on the Three Principles on Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology, the MOD/SDF further devotes itself to the promotion on peace contribution and international cooperation as well as actively promotes necessary measures to protect Japan’s security while maintaining regional peace and stability through cooperation in defense equipment and technology with the United States and other countries. Japan will continue to realize effective defense equipment and technology cooperation through strengthening of information gathering such as what counterparts want to obtain, cooperation including assistance for maintenance and repair of equipment, and strengthening of cooperative posture between the public and private sectors.


2. Defense Equipment and Technology Cooperation with Partner Countries in the Asia-Pacific Region

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Countries

Among Japan and ASEAN member states, exchanges of views have taken place regarding defense equipment and technology cooperation in non-traditional security sectors, such as humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and maritime security, through the Japan-ASEAN Defense Vice-Ministerial Meetings and other occasions. Participating countries have expressed their expectation for Japan’s cooperation in effectively dealing with these issues. In the“Vientiane Vision”announced by Japan at the ASEAN-Japan Defense Ministers’Informal Meeting held in November 2016, it is stated that Japan’s defense equipment and technology cooperation with ASEAN countries would be promoted with a focus on the following three points: (1) equipment and technology transfer, (2) human resources development, and (3) holding seminars on defense industries.

    the Philippines
        ▪Agreement concerning the Defense Equipment and Technology Transfer (Effective, Apr.2016)
        ▪Transfer of five JMSDF's TC-90 Training Aircraft (including support in pilot training for 6 pilots and support in maintenance & sustainment)
        ▪Transfer of parts and maintenance equipment of the UH-1H utility helicopters that became unnecessary for the GSDF (Sep. 2019)
        ▪Conclusion of the contract of Air Surveillance Radar System to the Republic of the Philippines Equipment to be delivered: 4 Units of Air Surveillance Radar Systems
        (3 Fixed Air Defense Surveillance Radar Systems / 1 Mobile / Transportable Radar System) (Aug. 2020)

Introduction to Japan Self-Defence Force’s Equipment (pamphlet)
Introduction to the Equipment of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (pamphlet)
Introduction to the Equipment of the Japan Self-Defense Forces - 2nd Edition (pamphlet)
Youtube channel
Acquition Technology & Logistics Agency Public Information Video Digest Version @ Youtube
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