US Enhances Defense Cooperation with ROK, Japan

Dr. Brandi Vann, acting as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs, recently visited South Korea and Japan from June 5-12, 2024, to strengthen ties and enhance defense capabilities with these critical allies.

In South Korea, Dr. Vann met with General LaCamera, Commander of US Forces Korea, to discuss the current defense posture on the Korean Peninsula. She also led the Adaptive Shield 2024 Senior Leader Seminar, where U.S. and South Korean officials were briefed on the outcomes of the Adaptive Shield exercise. This tabletop exercise focuses on improving combined chemical and biological defense strategies. This year, the exercise emphasized training reforms from the 2023 Biodefense Posture Review and enhanced interoperability for early biothreat detection and response. The seminar identified practical steps to further advance joint biodefense efforts.

Dr. Vann then continued her trip to Japan, where she engaged with senior leaders from US Forces Japan, Japan’s Ministry of Defense (JMOD), the Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA), the National Defense Medical College (NDMC), and the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) Chemical School. Discussions in Japan concentrated on implementing the 2023 Biodefense Posture Review reforms and improving chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defense capabilities and interoperability between the nations.

This visit underscores the ongoing commitment of the United States to collaborate with South Korea and Japan in bolstering regional security and enhancing defense readiness against emerging threats.–News Desk