The Japanese Strategic Self Defense Force, or JSSDF, is a military organization under the joint control of the U.N. and Japanese government with the task of protecting Japan. It is seen as the primary antagonist in The End of Evangelion.
They have been shown operating against the Angels many times but had no victories. They are also shown as to invading NERV HQ to prevent the Third Impact (From what they were told by the government and the government was informed by SEELE).
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.
The JSSDF's mechanized ground forces operate conventional vehicles like main battle tanks, 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 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 forces wear black bodysuits and helmets, while officers and rearguard staff wear berets. Troops appear to wear light combat armor, as their suits cannot stop .45ACP rounds, apparently sacrificing safety of individual soldiers in exchange for rapid deployment and maneuverability. Frontline personnel carry riot shields when assaulting fortified positions. This is of course only for the assault on NERV headquarters a lightly guarded facility built to with stand Angel attacks.
The standard-issue small arms are the Heckler & Koch G11 Assault Rifle, the Fabrique Nationale P90 Submachine Gun and the Hi-Power Pistol. Select squads are also armed with rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers or flamethrowers.
- The Japanese Strategic Self Defense Forces might be a counterpart to the real Japan Self-Defense Forces