The United States Space Force is exploring the possibility of establishing a new unit in Japan, which underscores the growing importance of bilateral collaboration in space defense, particularly as China continues to advance its capabilities in this domain.
The Next Phase in Indo-Pacific Space Defense
General Chance Saltzman, the Chief of Space Operations for the US Space Force, revealed this development during a press conference held in Tokyo on Monday. He described the potential unit in Japan as the “next phase” in joint initiatives aimed at strengthening space defense across the Indo-Pacific region.
However, details about the location and specific functions of this unit remain in the planning phase. General Saltzman did mention that potential candidates for the location could include the Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo.
A comprehensive “mission planning process” is underway to determine the unit’s size and other related considerations.