Australia-Japan-U.S. Maritime Cooperation
April 4, 2016
Since 2013, CSIS has developed an extensive body of research and policy discussion on the concept of federated defense. The Federated Defense Project aims to assess and recommend concrete ways for the United States and its partners to integrate their defense capabilities in support of shared interests. Within this framework, this report seeks to make the case for significantly deeper trilateral maritime cooperation among Australia, Japan, and the United States and proposes a series of initiatives to achieve this objective. Expanding trilateral maritime cooperation will require policy decisions in the three capitals that at times will take each partner out of their comfort zone. It will require political courage, cultural change in the respective defense forces and bureaucracies, and sustained high-level engagement over decades. But the stakes are high and the need for action is increasingly urgent.