critical technologies, with the goal of ensuring U.S. access. Since dependence on foreign sources of products and technologies for U.S. weapons systems will be a continuing fact of life, ensuring access will remain a challenge, requiring a long-term focus. The correct approach to managing dependence on Japan will depend on the specific case and could involve pursuing understandings with Japanese government and industry, encouraging Japanese companies to build U.S. production facilities, or building a competitive U.S.-owned capability.



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