Dr. Hirokazu Hokazono

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Future Engineering, former Deputy Commissioner & Chief Scientist ATLA, Japan Ministry of Defense

Dr. Hokazono is former Deputy Commissioner (DC) and Chief Defense Scientist (CSD) of Acquisition, Technology, Logistics Agency (ATLA), Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD).

During his tenure from 1 October 2015 to 31 March 2020 as DC & CSA of ATLA, he had been responsible for research and development of defense equipment for Japan Self Defense Forces, international cooperation of defense equipment and technology with US, UK, France, Australia, India, and NATO, and promotion of industry-academia-government collaboration in advanced science and technology.

He led the release of the “Defense Technology Strategy” for the first time as JMOD in 2016, promoted numerous important research and development projects such as the US-Japan cooperative development of SM-3 Block IIA missiles; future fighter projects including the X-2 technical demonstrator of the advanced stealth fighter; new ground aircraft control and warning radar; the C-2 transport aircraft and the P-1 maritime patrol aircraft; and the technical demonstration of early warning infrared satellite.

Moreover, Dr. Hokazono started and expanded the “security science and technology research promotion program”, which funds promising disruptive technologies owned by the academia and industries including start-up ventures and small-medium enterprises (SME).

At the occasion of the first Fukushima nuclear electric-power plant accident caused by the east-Japan great-earthquake in Mar. 2011, he oversaw the emergency project to measure the reactor’s temperature by the onboard infrared-camera of the Ground Self Defense Force helicopter under the high radiation dose environment.

After retirement of ATLA, JMOD on 31 Mar. 2020, Dr. Hokazono works for NEC Cooperation as advisor and for Institute of Future Engineering as senior research fellow. His major research areas of interest in Institute of Future Engineering are technological security policy and the implementation of innovation by disruptive technologies.

He received a doctor degree in electrical engineering from KEIO University at Tokyo, Japan in March 1992.

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