9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (PST)
As China’s Huawei began its roll-out of 5G technology, the United States and Japan have sought to identify options to counter PRC dominance of an information technology sector critical for reliable communications, business, and personal privacy. China is looking to establish long-lasting technological dependencies on its network architecture, even as its laws require Chinese firms to give its intelligence services privileged access to any communications that run across its networks. This raises serious concerns for free societies and democratic actors. In response, the Trump administration launched a Clean Network Initiative, which Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi has expressed Japan’s support for.
This year, RAND and JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles will host the "The U.S.-Japan Alliance Conference Series" consisting of two webinars. On February 25, 2021, RAND and JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles will invite leading U.S. and Japanese experts on 5G technology issues to exchange insights and understandings on how the evolving telecommunications infrastructure, role of the private sector and the government, and policy options for U.S.-Japan IT cooperation are seen by American and Japanese analysts.
*This webinar will be recorded for archival purposes.
Understanding What a Secure Telecommunications Infrastructure Requires
The Hon. Thomas Wheeler
Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (2013–2017)
Visiting Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution
How Japan Sees the Challenge of Building Reliable 5G Networks
Harvard Kennedy School
The 5G Challenges and Policy Options Facing the U.S.
Associate Engineer, The RAND Corporation
Scott W. Harold
Senior Political Scientist, The RAND Corporation
Conference I | The Next Phase in U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation
In the first conference in this series, a seminar on the future of U.S.-Japan defense cooperation against the backdrop of Japan’s cancellation of the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense system and associated debates over whether or not to procure counter-strike or “enemy base attack” capabilities and the implications of these choices for allied planning on roles and missions will be held.
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (PST)