Sino-Russian relations are close, with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the right and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the left.Figure: Retrieved from Chinanews.com
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a delegation to visit Taiwan in early August, and the CCP immediately launched military exercises, leading to increased tensions across the Taiwan Strait. The Sankei Shimbun reported on the 16th, citing multiple sources, that the Japanese government has decided to conduct military exercises next year. Cognitive operations are included in the “Domain Crossing Operations” system. The main reason is that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has made Japan feel the importance of related fields again, and the recent tensions in the Taiwan Strait and other regions have made cognitive operations “indispensable” when confronting China. “Ability.
According to the Sankei Shimbun report, several sources said that the Japanese government has determined the policy direction and intends to use the revision of the “National Security Strategy”, “Defense Plan Outline”, “Mid-term Defense Force Improvement Plan” and other “Strategy 3” by the end of this year. The opportunity for “documents” to be incorporated into the existing cross-domain combat system combining space, network, electronic warfare, etc.
When Japan revised the “Defense Plan Outline” in 2018, it launched the concept of cross-domain operations to strengthen the increasingly important space, cyber and electronic warfare capabilities in modern warfare, and practical measures include the establishment of special forces. This year, the Ministry of Defense has newly established a “Global Strategic Intelligence Officer” responsible for collecting overseas intelligence and analyzing the authenticity of official and private information of various countries. After the field of cognitive operations is officially incorporated next year, it is expected to expand related organizations and personnel.
The report mentioned that after the outbreak of the Ukrainian-Russian War at the end of February, various false information emerged to try to manipulate international public opinion and cause confusion among the people of opposing countries, which greatly increased the Japanese government’s sense of crisis in cognitive warfare. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida once emphasized in Congress that, Responses to operations such as intelligence and cognition should be strengthened. As China intends to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and other regions, and has already begun to strengthen its cognitive warfare capabilities, the Japanese government believes that incorporating relevant matters into the cross-domain combat system is an “indispensable” means to counter China.