Asia on Air Episode 05: What’s a War Game Without a War?

August 9, 2017

Earlier this year Sasakawa USA held a tabletop exercise, or TTX, that explored potential challenges the U.S.-Japan alliance might face in a Senkaku islands crisis. This episode of Asia on Air dives into the exercise and its takeaways.

Join us for Episode 05 of Asia on Air for interviews with participants Center for Naval Analyses Strategic Studies’ former Senior Fellow RADM Michael McDevitt, Hideshi Tokuchi, former Japanese Vice-Minister of Defense for International Affairs and Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow at Sasakawa USA, along with James Kendall, Sasakawa USA Fellow for Common Challenges, as we discuss the simulated confrontation over the Senkaku Islands.

For more on Sasakawa USA’s Tabletop Exercise on the Senkaku Islands, click here to read the full report on the exercise.


About the Guests

RADM Michael McDevitt was a senior fellow at CNA Strategic Studies, where he led multiple major projects related to maritime disputes in the East China Sea and South China Sea. RADM McDevitt is an expert in strategy, war planning and naval operations.
James Kendall is the Fellow for Common Challenges at Sasakawa USA and the Executive Director of the Japan-US Military Program (JUMP). Mr. Kendall’s expertise includes defense and aerospace, Asia-Pacific affairs, project management, and strategic planning.
Hideshi Tokuchi is a Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow at Sasakawa USA, Senior Fellow at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan, and formerly Japan’s first Vice-Minister of Defense for International Affairs. Mr. Tokuchi’s expertise is in Japan-U.S. defense cooperation, security-related legislation, defense buildup programs, and operations of the Japanese Defense Forces.


• Host and Creator: Brian Graf
• Guests: RADM Michael McDevitt, James Kendall, and Hideshi Tokuchi
• Producer and Engineer: Graham Dietz
• Music by HitsLab and Moby Gratis


Asia on Air is a Sasakawa USA podcast committed to analysis of the latest news in U.S.-Asia relations. Through the lens of the U.S.-Japan relationship, each episode features expert opinions on a variety of subjects ranging from security and foreign policy to economics and culture. Click here to view the Asia on Air SoundCloud channel, where future episodes will be uploaded.

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