The United States-Japan Alliance serves as a lynchpin for Indo-Pacific regional security, reinforcing the leadership role of the two countries among like-minded nations. While the alliance is a matter of national-level governance, the private sector also plays an essential role in enhancing the alliance’s capabilities, innovation, and capacity.

On February 8, 2023 (Washington, D.C.)/February 9 (Tokyo), the Japan-America Society of Washington DC, the National War College, and the National War College Alumni Association will host the eighth annual partnership event studying the U.S.-Japan Alliance in the Indo-Pacific. This year’s event, the Contemporary Role of the Defense Sector, will delve into matters such as information security, security clearance processes, globalization of supply chains, and the increasingly trans-national nature of modern corporations, in order to better understand the nuances that define the private sector’s opportunities and challenges as key players in the US-Japan alliance and Indo-Pacific Security. This year’s event is in partnership with the ACCJ-NAJAS Business Leader Series.

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REGISTER

Date & Time:

US Eastern – February 8, 2023, 17:30-20:30

Japan – February 9, 2023, 7:30-9:00

Location: 

Arnold Hall, National War College (priority to NWC/NDU students/faculty)*

Interactive Virtual (for the general public)

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AGENDA

17:30-17:40 Welcome

Brigadier General Jeffrey Hurlbert, Commandant, National War College
Ambassador Kurt Tong, Managing Partner, The Asia Group; Chairman, National Association of Japan-America Societies; Trustee, Japan-America Society of Washington D.C.
Ryan Shaffer, President, Japan-America Society of Washington D.C.

17:40-18:00 Armchair Discussion

Om Prakash, Chief Executive, Northrop Grumman Japan/President, The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) (Participating Virtually)
Dr. Sheila Smith, John E. Merow Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Studies, Council on Foreign Relations (Moderator)

18:00-19:00, Panel Discussion— U.S.-Japan Alliance in the Indo-Pacific: Contemporary Role of the Defense Sector

Randy Yoshimura, SVP & General Manager – Washington Office, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
Komei Isozaki, Japan Chair fellow at Hudson Institute
Ron Lopez, President & Managing Director, Astroscale U.S. Inc. (Participating Virtually)
Motosada Matano, Political Minister, Embassy of Japan
Dr. Sheila Smith, John E. Merow Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Studies, Council on Foreign Relations (Moderator)

Closing Remarks

Ryan Shaffer, President, Japan-America Society of Washington D.C.

Live & Virtual Audience Question & Answer Session. Informal networking reception in the Rotunda to Conclude.

The event is sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASWDC) and the National War College, with support from the National War College Alumni Association (NWCAA), and in partnership with: ACCJ The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan

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*IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDEES

Fort McNair Access:

FOR US CITIZENS WITHOUT DoD-ISSUED CAC IDENTIFICATION: attendees must individually register at https://pass.aie.army.mil/JBMHH/ to be allowed entry to Fort McNair. You will be asked to provide your US driver’s license information (number, state, issuance & expiration dates) and SSNs; the name and date of the event (listed above). Please complete this step soon after you register for this event.

FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS: those desiring to attend in person must complete Sections A and C of the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBM-HH) Installation Access Request Form 190-16x (16 May 18) found at: https://home.army.mil/jbmhh/application/files/2515/7244/9481/JBM-HH_Form_190-16x_1.pdf Send signed form with an email subject of “February International Attendee” to Alumni@nationalwarcollege.org no later than 9 January 2023. A representative from the National War College will complete the sponsor information and submit it to the Security Office. Foreign nationals must bring passports/green cards to facilitate gate entry on the date of the event.