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The '''Japanese Strategic Self Defense Force (JSSDF)''' is a military organization. It has a background role in the Evangelion TV series and serves as a primary antagonist in [[''End of Evangelion'']]. The appearance and tactics of its members may have been inspired or influenced by the Waffen-SS of Nazi Germany.
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==Origin and purpose==
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The '''Japanese Strategic Self Defense Force (JSSDF)''' is a military organization, the main branch of the Japanese military under the direct command  of the Japanese Ministry of Defense.  It has a background role in the Evangelion TV series, serving in a military support role for [[Nerv]] and one of the primary antagonists in [[The End of Evangelion]].
  
The JSSDF was formed in 2003 in response to the outbreak of war between China and Vietnam over the [[Nansha Islands]] as a result of post-[[Second Impact]] tensions. Operating under the command of the Japanese Prime Minister via the Ministry of Defense, it is responsible for special warfare and black operations in and around the Japanese home islands. While the force's existence is probably known to the general public, the full extent of its activities is likely a carefully guarded secret.
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==Background==
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During 2003, a war between China and Vietnam over the [[Nansha Islands]] as a result of post-[[Second Impact]] tensions broke out, prompting the reorganization of Japan's military.  As a result of this new political climate, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_9_of_the_Japanese_Constitution Article 9] of the Japanese constitution (which forbid Japan from maintaining an offensive military force after World War II) was apparently abolished. Thus came the official formation of the JSSDF.
  
==Organization and tactics==
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The organization functions in coordination with [[United Nations]] forces, providing support for [both [Nerv]] and the [[Evangelions]] when they attempt to repel [[Angels|Angel]] attacks.  United Nations forces in 2015 are often heavily composed of the armed forces of local militaries, which have all been united under the aegis of the UN.  Thus frequently when "United Nations" forces are supporting Nerv in combating the Angels, they are in fact heavily composed of JSSDF units, commanded by their own generals, but backed by the authority of the UN.
  
The JSSDF operates independently of the other Self Defense Force branches. While it ultimately answers to the same authority, its chain of command is probably streamlined and compartmentalized in such a way as to make it useful for quelling internal disturbances without drawing attention. It is a combined arms force, with armor and air units separate from those of the JGSDF and JASDF. It may also operate its own naval units. The SSDF's personnel are recruited from the upper echelons of the Japanese military's regular forces, with a strong emphasis on unwavering loyalty to the chain of command and obedience of orders.
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==Organization==
  
The SSDF's tactics are based on the Blitzkrieg concept, emphasizing bombardment followed by rapid mobile force strikes and surprise attacks. While successful in this regard, the force is incapable of sustaining long-term operations; in the event of a stalemate, Strategic Self Defense forces would be able to hold their ground for only a short time without logistical support from the other SDF sections.
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The JSSDF operates independently of the other Self Defense Force branches. While it ultimately answers to the same authority of the Defense Ministry, it is an independent sub-branch of the military called in for high-risk combat situations. It is a combined arms force, with armor and air units separate from those of the regular army sections such as the JASDF (Japanese Air Self Defense Force). It may also operate its own naval units.  
  
==Arms and equipment==
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As Misato says during their invasion of Nerv HQ, JSSDF soldiers are "professionals": the elite units of the Japanese military, frequently deployed to combat zones and battle-hardened, these soldiers are trained killers.  They are very well suited to urban occupation and mopping up operations.
  
The JSSDF has extensive access to foreign weapons and vehicles, as well as the UN's arsenal of N² bombs. They are also heavily involved in the development of directed energy weapons such as the positron rifle.
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==Equipment==
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The JSSDF has access to extensive weaponry and vehicles, both foreign and domestic.  Unlike Nerv, the JSSDF is overwhelmingly a conventional military force. They are also heavily involved in the research and development of several directed energy weapon projects, such as the positron rifle
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The pinnacle of the JSSDF arsenal are [[N² Mine]]s,  the most powerful conventional non-nuclear explosive devices ever created by man.  
  
 
===Vehicles===
 
===Vehicles===
  
The SSDF's mechanized ground forces operate main battle tanks, HMMWVs, mobile rocket and artillery platforms and other mainstays of modern land warfare. All ground vehicles are painted black; markings are sparse but known to include yellow lightening bolt and arrow emblems.
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The SSDF's mechanized ground forces operate conventional vehicles like the Type 74 main battle tank, AMX-10 RC armoured car, Humvees, mobile rocket and artillery MLRS platforms and other mainstays of modern land warfare.  
  
The air wing operates the same VTOL heavy fighters as the ASDF, along with fixed-wing bombers and smaller VTOL craft analogous to helicopter gunships. The standard paint scheme for fighters and bombers is dark green, while gunships wear black like the ground units. Unlike ground armor, air units are clearly marked as belonging to the SSDF.
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The JSSDF's air wing operates many large [[Heavy Fighter Jet-VTOL]] aerial gunships, which effectively wield the firepower of a flying battleship.  Its arsenal also includes the HH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant heavy-lift helicopter, smaller VTOL craft (which are more mobile), fixed-wing bombers, and large "flying wing" craft used to transport Evangelions (be it shipping an Eva between North America and Japan, or deploying Evas directly into combat against Angels).
  
 
===Infantry===
 
===Infantry===
  
Infantry forces wear black bodysuits and helmets, while officers and rearguard staff wear berets. Troops carry little or no armor - their suits cannot stop 9mm handgun rounds - and minimal supplies, as per the SSDF's tactical preference for maximum speed and maneuverability. Frontline personnel carry riot shields when assaulting fortified positions.
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Infantry forces wear black bodysuits and helmets, while officers and rearguard staff wear berets. Troops appear to wear little or no body armor, as their suits cannot stop 9mm handgun rounds, apparently sacrificing safety of individual soldiers in exchange for rapid deployment and maneuverability. Frontline personnel carry riot shields when assaulting fortified positions.
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The standard-issue small arms are the [[Personnel_Weapons#Heckler_.26_Koch_G11|Heckler & Koch G11 assault rifle]] and the Fabrique Nationale P90 submachine gun and [[Personnel_Weapons#Browning_Hi-Power_Mark_III|Hi-Power pistol]]. Select squads are also armed with [[Personnel_Weapons#Panzerfaust_3|rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers]] or [[Personnel_Weapons#M2_Flamethrower|flamethrowers]].
  
The standard-issue small arms are the Heckler & Koch G11 assault rifle and the Fabrique Nationale P90 submachine gun and Hi-Power pistol. Select squads are also armed with rocket-propelled grenade launchers or flamethrowers.
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==Role in the series==
  
==Role in ''Evangelion''==
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After the forces of the JSSDF (functioning under the command of the United Nations) are unable to defeat the Angel [[Sachiel]] in [[Episode 01]] (Even with an N² mine), command of the overall global battle between mankind and the Angels is transfered to Nerv, with the JSSDF becoming the official weapons supplier and military support for Nerv throughout the series. 
  
While the JSSDF is present throughout the series, it only occupies center stage at the end.
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In [[Episode 06]], Nerv requisitioned the JSSDF's prototype positron rifle from their R&D division, for use against [[Ramiel]].  In [[Episode 07]], [[Misato Katsuragi]] asked [[Ritsuko Akagi]] if the SSDF was behind the development of the [[Jet Alone]] robot project, but Ritsuko said that it was developed by a private contractor.  In [[Episode 18]], In Vice-Commander [[Kozo Fuyutsuki]] specifically ordered that the [[Evangelion Unit-03|Eva-03]] activation accident be dealt with before the SSDF could intervene.
  
===Role in the series===
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===Role in '''The End of Evangelion'''===
  
The SSDF first appeared in episode six, when [[Nerv]] requisitioned their prototype positron rifle for use against [[Ramiel]]. In episode seven [[Misato Katsuragi]] suspected the SSDF of being involved in the [[Jet Alone]] project, but [[Ritsuko Akagi]] denied it. The Strategic SDF lurked for the remainder of the series, stepping in occasionally when Nerv encounters difficulties. In episode eighteen, [[Kozo Fuyutsuki]] specifically ordered that the Eva-03 activation accident be dealt with before the SSDF can intervene.
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While the JSSDF is present throughout the series, it only occupies center stage at the end with the organization ultimately being served as the vanguard of [[Seele]]'s move to crush Nerv and initiate the [[Human Instrumentality Project]], ironically bringing about the very event they believed themselves to be preventing.
  
===Role in ''EoE''===
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The actual process was instigated by the Japanese Prime Minister in [[Tokyo-2]], acting in response to false information provided by Seele agents. The JSSDF and the Japanese government were provoked into attacking Nerv when Seele's agents in the UN convinced them that Nerv was trying to instigate [[Third Impact]] and had to be stopped, when in reality, Seele also wanted to initiate Third Impact - though a different version from Gendo Ikari's scenario.  The assault itself had been planned for some time, and was authorized only after an attempt to hijack Nerv HQ's [[Magi]] failed.
  
The SSDF ultimately served as the vanguard of [[Seele]]'s move to crush Nerv and initiate the [[Human Instrumentality Project]], ironically bringing about the very event they believed themselves to be preventing. The actual process was instigated by the Prime Minister in [[Matsushiro]], acting in response to false information provided by Seele agents. The assault itself had been planned for some time, and was authorized only after an attempt to hijack Nerv HQ's [[Magi]] failed.
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The initial stages were successful, as SSDF tanks and aircraft systematically demolished the fixed defenses and sensor systems around the [[GeoFront]].  
  
The initial stages were successful, as SSDF tanks and aircraft systematically demolished the fixed defenses and sensor systems around the [[Geofront]]. Infantry forces penetrated headquarters itself, killing all personnel inside regardless of age, sex or attempts to surrender, as per standing orders. They failed to secure the bridge, however, and the surviving Nerv staff - particularly officers [[Makoto Hyuga]] and [[Shigeru Aoba]] - were able to impede their progress by flooding sections of the facility with [[Bakelite]]. The SSDF responded to the resistance by blowing open the Geofront with an N² munition and saturation-bombing the interior. Soldiers managed to locate [[Shinji Ikari]], but were gunned down by Major Katsuragi before they could execute him. The Major herself was killed when a strike team blew up a section of the complex, but her death had little effect on the outcome of the battle.
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Infantry forces penetrated headquarters itself, carrying out orders to unconditionally terminate any Nerv personnel they encountered, even if they were unarmed or attempting to surrender, in a massive leave-no-survivors assault.
  
The Strategic SDF might still have been able to defeat Nerv's defenders were it not for the reactivation of Eva-02: the SSDF forces were unable to defeat the Eva's [[A.T. Field]] and armor even after cutting its power cable and scoring direct hits with cruise missiles. The pilot, [[Asuka Langley Soryu]], singlehandedly demolished a large contingent of air and ground forces, going so far as to hurl a destroyer at one group.
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They failed to secure the [[Command Center]], however, and the surviving Nerv staff - particularly officers [[Makoto Hyuga]] and [[Shigeru Aoba]] - were able to impede their progress by flooding sections of the facility with [[Bakelite]]. The SSDF responded to the resistance by blowing open the GeoFront with an N² bomb, vaporizing the city of Tokyo-3 above, and saturation-bombing the interior. Soldiers managed to locate [[Shinji Ikari]], but were gunned down by Major Katsuragi before they could execute him. The Major herself was killed when a strike team blew up a section of the complex, but her death had little to no effect on the outcome of the battle.
  
The invasion stalled, Seele abandoned the SSDF and dealt with Eva-02 by deploying the Mass Production Evas. The surviving SSDF troops were presumably killed when the Eva Series initiated [[Third Impact]].
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While they might still have been able to defeat Nerv's defenders were it not for the reactivation of [[Evangelion Unit-02]]: the SSDF forces were unable to defeat the Eva's [[A.T. Field]] and armor even after cutting its [[umbilical cable]] and scoring direct hits with cruise missiles. The pilot, [[Asuka Langley Soryu]], singlehandedly demolished a large contingent of VTOL gunships and ground forces, including wiping out an entire tank battalion by hurling a destroyer from the GeoFront's lake at them, which then exploded.
  
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The invasion stalled, Seele abandoned the JSSDF and dealt with Eva-02 by deploying the [[Mass Production Evangelions|Mass Production model Evangelions]]. The surviving JSSDF troops were presumably killed when the Eva Series initiated [[Third Impact]].
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The Japanese Strategic Self Defense Force (JSSDF) is a military organization, the main branch of the Japanese military under the direct command of the Japanese Ministry of Defense. It has a background role in the Evangelion TV series, serving in a military support role for Nerv and one of the primary antagonists in The End of Evangelion.

Background

During 2003, a war between China and Vietnam over the Nansha Islands as a result of post-Second Impact tensions broke out, prompting the reorganization of Japan's military. As a result of this new political climate, Article 9 of the Japanese constitution (which forbid Japan from maintaining an offensive military force after World War II) was apparently abolished. Thus came the official formation of the JSSDF.

The organization functions in coordination with United Nations forces, providing support for [both [Nerv]] and the Evangelions when they attempt to repel Angel attacks. United Nations forces in 2015 are often heavily composed of the armed forces of local militaries, which have all been united under the aegis of the UN. Thus frequently when "United Nations" forces are supporting Nerv in combating the Angels, they are in fact heavily composed of JSSDF units, commanded by their own generals, but backed by the authority of the UN.

Organization

The JSSDF operates independently of the other Self Defense Force branches. While it ultimately answers to the same authority of the Defense Ministry, it is an independent sub-branch of the military called in for high-risk combat situations. It is a combined arms force, with armor and air units separate from those of the regular army sections such as the JASDF (Japanese Air Self Defense Force). It may also operate its own naval units.

As Misato says during their invasion of Nerv HQ, JSSDF soldiers are "professionals": the elite units of the Japanese military, frequently deployed to combat zones and battle-hardened, these soldiers are trained killers. They are very well suited to urban occupation and mopping up operations.

Equipment

The JSSDF has access to extensive weaponry and vehicles, both foreign and domestic. Unlike Nerv, the JSSDF is overwhelmingly a conventional military force. They are also heavily involved in the research and development of several directed energy weapon projects, such as the positron rifle.

The pinnacle of the JSSDF arsenal are N² Mines, the most powerful conventional non-nuclear explosive devices ever created by man.

Vehicles

The SSDF's mechanized ground forces operate conventional vehicles like the Type 74 main battle tank, AMX-10 RC armoured car, Humvees, mobile rocket and artillery MLRS platforms and other mainstays of modern land warfare.

The JSSDF's air wing operates many large Heavy Fighter Jet-VTOL aerial gunships, which effectively wield the firepower of a flying battleship. Its arsenal also includes the HH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant heavy-lift helicopter, smaller VTOL craft (which are more mobile), fixed-wing bombers, and large "flying wing" craft used to transport Evangelions (be it shipping an Eva between North America and Japan, or deploying Evas directly into combat against Angels).

Infantry

Infantry forces wear black bodysuits and helmets, while officers and rearguard staff wear berets. Troops appear to wear little or no body armor, as their suits cannot stop 9mm handgun rounds, apparently sacrificing safety of individual soldiers in exchange for rapid deployment and maneuverability. Frontline personnel carry riot shields when assaulting fortified positions.

The standard-issue small arms are the Heckler & Koch G11 assault rifle and the Fabrique Nationale P90 submachine gun and Hi-Power pistol. Select squads are also armed with rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers or flamethrowers.

Role in the series

After the forces of the JSSDF (functioning under the command of the United Nations) are unable to defeat the Angel Sachiel in Episode 01 (Even with an N² mine), command of the overall global battle between mankind and the Angels is transfered to Nerv, with the JSSDF becoming the official weapons supplier and military support for Nerv throughout the series.

In Episode 06, Nerv requisitioned the JSSDF's prototype positron rifle from their R&D division, for use against Ramiel. In Episode 07, Misato Katsuragi asked Ritsuko Akagi if the SSDF was behind the development of the Jet Alone robot project, but Ritsuko said that it was developed by a private contractor. In Episode 18, In Vice-Commander Kozo Fuyutsuki specifically ordered that the Eva-03 activation accident be dealt with before the SSDF could intervene.

Role in The End of Evangelion

While the JSSDF is present throughout the series, it only occupies center stage at the end with the organization ultimately being served as the vanguard of Seele's move to crush Nerv and initiate the Human Instrumentality Project, ironically bringing about the very event they believed themselves to be preventing.

The actual process was instigated by the Japanese Prime Minister in Tokyo-2, acting in response to false information provided by Seele agents. The JSSDF and the Japanese government were provoked into attacking Nerv when Seele's agents in the UN convinced them that Nerv was trying to instigate Third Impact and had to be stopped, when in reality, Seele also wanted to initiate Third Impact - though a different version from Gendo Ikari's scenario. The assault itself had been planned for some time, and was authorized only after an attempt to hijack Nerv HQ's Magi failed.

The initial stages were successful, as SSDF tanks and aircraft systematically demolished the fixed defenses and sensor systems around the GeoFront.

Infantry forces penetrated headquarters itself, carrying out orders to unconditionally terminate any Nerv personnel they encountered, even if they were unarmed or attempting to surrender, in a massive leave-no-survivors assault.

They failed to secure the Command Center, however, and the surviving Nerv staff - particularly officers Makoto Hyuga and Shigeru Aoba - were able to impede their progress by flooding sections of the facility with Bakelite. The SSDF responded to the resistance by blowing open the GeoFront with an N² bomb, vaporizing the city of Tokyo-3 above, and saturation-bombing the interior. Soldiers managed to locate Shinji Ikari, but were gunned down by Major Katsuragi before they could execute him. The Major herself was killed when a strike team blew up a section of the complex, but her death had little to no effect on the outcome of the battle.

While they might still have been able to defeat Nerv's defenders were it not for the reactivation of Evangelion Unit-02: the SSDF forces were unable to defeat the Eva's A.T. Field and armor even after cutting its umbilical cable and scoring direct hits with cruise missiles. The pilot, Asuka Langley Soryu, singlehandedly demolished a large contingent of VTOL gunships and ground forces, including wiping out an entire tank battalion by hurling a destroyer from the GeoFront's lake at them, which then exploded.

The invasion stalled, Seele abandoned the JSSDF and dealt with Eva-02 by deploying the Mass Production model Evangelions. The surviving JSSDF troops were presumably killed when the Eva Series initiated Third Impact.

Organizations
Seele | Gehirn | United Nations | IPEA | JSSDF | Wille
Special Agency Nerv:
Nerv Headquarters | Nerv 1st Branch | Nerv 2nd Branch | Nerv 3rd Branch
Nerv 7th Branch (Tabgha Base) | Bethany Base | Golgotha Base