Sasakawa USA Tabletop Exercises (TTXs) bring together policy experts from Japan, the United States, and other countries to examine pressing security issues in East Asia through simulated real-world contingencies. Participants work in teams to address a variety of scenarios. The exercises aim to strengthen U.S.-Japan—and broader multilateral—cooperation in the face of current and future challenges and threats.
Past tabletop exercises have tested at Japan’s cyber-preparedness, the potential for a confrontation between Japan and China, and U.S., Japan, and South Korean responses to North Korean provocations.
Sasakawa USA’s Tabletop Exercise: Pacific Trident II, conducted in October 2018, built on the successes of Exercise: Pacific Trident to address U.S.-Japan, U.S.-ROK, and U.S.-Japan-ROK responses to signs of instability and illicit sanctions evasion activities in North Korea.
Tabletop Exercise: Pacific Trident was a three day exercise testing the policies, strategies, and capabilities of U.S. alliances with South Korea and Japan as well as trilateral cooperation in the face of North Korean provocations.
“Operation Rugby Daemon” is a tabletop exercise sponsored by Sasakawa USA as part of the Cyber3 Conference. The exercise offers insights into the state of preparedness of Japanese stakeholders in the face of a large-scale cyberattack through a series of simulated attacks on the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
In March 2017, Sasakawa USA organized an exercise at Lockheed Martin’s “Lighthouse” TTX facilities in Suffolk, Virginia. The TTX focused on contingencies that might result from ongoing disputes between Japan and China in the East China Sea. Participants examined how the United States and Japan might jointly respond to a variety of Chinese provocations in the area.
Author: Admiral Michael McDevitt
Categories: Tabletop Exercise
Tabletop Exercise Pacific Trident II was the second Sasakawa USA tabletop exercise (TTX) exploring trilateral cooperation mechanisms between the United States, Japan, and South Korea in the context of a crisis in North Korea. This report summarizes the exercise, its policy-level insights, and its final recommendations to policymakers in the United States, ROK, and Japan.
Testing Trilateral, U.S.-Japan, and U.S.-ROK Responses to North Korean Provocations: Tabletop Exercise Pacific Trident
Author: Admiral Michael McDevitt and Yoichi Kato
Categories: Tabletop Exercise
Tabletop Exercise Pacific Trident explored trilateral, U.S.-Japan, and U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) responses to unexpected events and deliberate North Korean provocations. This report summarizes the exercise, its policy-level insights, and its final recommendations to policymakers in the United States, ROK, and Japan.
Author: Linton Wells II
Sasakawa USA released a report in English and Japanese on November 30 about its recent “tabletop exercise” in Tokyo, which simulated a major cyberattack during the 2019 World Rugby Cup to be hosted in Japan.