Adapting to New Challenges: US-Japan Defense Cooperation

As COVID-19 continues to spread in Japan, the Self-Defense Forces have assisted with testing while still monitoring existing threats. The U.S. military is also facing the issue of maintaining its own readiness during the pandemic. How the U.S.-Japan alliance, a cornerstone of stability in the Indo-Pacific, adapts to the challenge will be an important element of the post-pandemic security environment. Join us for an expert discussion on what the COVID-19 pandemic means for U.S.-Japan defense cooperation.


ADM Scott Swift (USN. Ret.) former Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet

ADM Scott Swift served in the U.S. Navy for more than 40 years, commanding at all levels and completing his uniformed career as the 35th Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet in 2018. He is founder of The Swift Group LLC and previously the MIT Center for International Studies Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow.

LTG Koichi Isobe (JGSDF, Ret.), former Commanding General, JGSDF Eastern Army

LTG Koichi Isobe is a senior fellow at Asia Pacific Initiative. He was previously a senior fellow at Harvard University Asia Center. He retired from active duty in 2015 after a 35-year career in the JGSDF, having served his last two years as Commanding General of the Eastern Army. 

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