Japan’s Abe confirms country’s first mission to defend U.S. military aircraft, warships

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed this week that, for the first time, his country has defended U.S. air and naval forces in what is being seen as an escalation of Japan’s military presence in Asia. “With tensions growing over North Korea, the Self-Defense Forces carried out a mission to protect U.S. vessels and aircraft [...]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.