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(From Asahi Shimbun)
Unified SDF command Under centralized command and control, the head of the Joint Staff and other officers will inevitably have more clout with the prime minister-the supreme commander-and the Defense Agency director-general. The Defense Agency's Joint Staff Council has proposed creation of a unified command that would put the Ground, Maritime and Air Self-Defense Force elements together to eliminate the weaknesses of compartmentalization and enable the Self-Defense Forces to respond more swiftly and more efficiently
The chairman of the present Joint Staff Council, who coordinates the three services, would be replaced by one chief of the …