A prominent US think tank recently published a report explicitly recommending the deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on the Korean Peninsula to Washington.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) also claimed a strong likelihood that the current regime in North Korea will collapse.
While the CSIS is widely recognized as a cradle for conservative security experts in the US - with a number of its Asia specialists having strong backgrounds on and sympathies toward Japan - the report’s recommendations are expected to generate some controversy because of their potentially large impact on the policy decisions of the US and other governments.
Titled “Asia-Pacific Rebalance 2025,” the report was published on Jan. 20 and commissioned by the US Department of Defense. In it, the importance of a THAAD deployment on the Korean Peninsula is stressed as a means of strengthening regional missile defense capabilities under the Asia-Pacific “rebalancing” strategy..........................................
While CSIS presented the report as an “independent” assessment, its content appears to reflect the interests of the US Department of Defense and defense industry, which would like to see an increased defense budget.
A financial report published in 2013 showed business (32%) and the government (19%) to account for a majority of CSIS revenues, not including those of its foundation (29%). Members of its board of trustees include the chairmen of Boeing and ExxonMobil. Many of its projects are studies commissioned by the Pentagon.
Also characteristic of CSIS reports are their emphasis on the China threat and defense of US and Japanese interests. In 2014, the New York Times reported that the institute had received at least US$1.1 million in support from the government-affiliated Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) over a four-year period.
By Yi Yong-in, Washington correspondent
THAAD has absolutely nothing to do with the defense of S/Korea.
It is all about forming a new Pacific/Asia style of NATO.
The MIC must be fed.
Japan's new military policy is frightening and plays into the U.S. containment policy of China.
HERE IS a more in depth showing of how CSIS is an arm of CFR.
Tao Dao Man