Lt. Col. Kazunobu Sakuma is a global affiliate visiting scholar at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) for 2022-23. Sakuma has over 25 years of experience in the Japan Air Self Defense Force (Koku-Jieitai) with a background in strategy education and research, defense policy and planning and aircraft maintenance. Additionally, he served as associate professor at the National Defense Academy of Japan and U.N. peacekeeper of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force. He received his PhD in security studies at the Graduate School of Security Studies, National Defense Academy of Japan. His research interest covers organizational behavior, U.S.-Japan defense relationship, and technology, society and warfare.