Lt. Col. Taro Sato is a Nonresident Fellow at Stimson with the East Asia Program. His research focuses on U.S.-China relations, national security, science and technology policy, and security space.
Lt. Col. Sato earned his commission upon graduation from National Defense Academy (NDA) in 2002. He has more than ten years of experience serving as an F-15 aircraft pilot which include being stationed at Okinawa and conducting Quick Reaction Alert missions over the East China Sea. Lt. Col. Sato has completed two assignments at the Ministry of Defense (MOD), the Operations Department (J3) at Joint Staff and Defense Planning and Policy Department (A5) at Air Staff. He contributed to organizing and operating the Joint Task Force Ballistic Missile Defense during the 2016 North Korean missile issue and was a key planner of the Air Staff for National Defense Program Guidelines and Medium-Term Defense Program (FY2019-FY2023) released in December 2018.
Lt. Col. Sato earned Distinguished Graduate with his B.A. in International Relations from NDA and holds a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College, Air University, U.S. Air Force. He also has completed the Maritime Command and Staff Course at Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and MOD Executive Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is currently a candidate in the M.A. program at the Elliott School of International Affairs, the George Washington University.