How our mission began:  Program Genesis

Requirements--Every engineering project begins with a set of requirements.  Requirements usually flow from a central, or core, requirement; where each higher level requirement is then broken down into a set of smaller subsets of requirements.  At some point, a device, a mechanism or a system is specified that will meet requirements at a particular level.

The Multi-role Maritime Fighter (MRMF) concept is the result of just such a requirements "tree" that began with ASEC asking a simple question:

"How does an aerospace industry design and develop an effective, affordable, survivable military fighter aircraft for the defense of Japan and its numerous islands; a fighter that can be used for defense and also as a strategic deterrent to an attacking nation?"

Our response to this question led ASEC to design the MRMF. In an effort to reduce and offset the development cost of the MRMF program,  we again asked:

"Can this fighter weapons system be designed, from the outset, to be sold and exported to other friendly nations for purposes related to the defense of island nations, their offshore island resources, territorial sea lanes, for reconnaissance, and general sea patrol ?"

Our response to this question launched ASEC on a study of strategic political issues that could influence military operations resulting from those very same political issues. Thus began a series of "strategic studies" supporting the development and justification of the MRMF concept. The sequence of MRMF design studies is shown in the graphic to the right of this text.  Along with these studies, there are ASEC studies of international events posing security threats that will call for military operations--operations that will specify missions for which the MRMF excels.

"The world is full of people that have stopped listening to themselves or have listened only to their neighbors
to learn what they ought to do, how they ought to behave, and what the values are they should be living for."
Joseph Campbell   (1904-1987)