Skip to comments.U.S. Would Send 690,000 Troops to Korea If War Breaks Out: Report
Posted on 12/27/2002 12:37:59 PM PST by RCW2001
Seoul, Dec. 27 (Yonhap) -- The United States would deploy some 690,000 troops to augment the 37,000-strong American military presence already here if war should break out on the peninsula, a Defense Ministry report showed Friday.
The augmented forces would comprise of Army divisions, carrier battle groups with highly-advanced fighters, tactical fighter wings, and marine expeditionary forces in Okinawa and on the U.S. mainland, according to the "1998-2002 Defense Policy." The ministry published the report instead of a white paper.
All they have to do is to start recalling all Army and Marines who have left the service in the last several years (from Clinton's B$ leadership). They'll get the number they need.
No more 'main enemy' in defense ministry text
by Kim Min-seok
December 28, 2002
The Ministry of National Defense yesterday published a report that substitutes for the controversial defense white paper that was withdrawn earlier this year. The report discusses Korean defense policies from 1998 to 2002.
The biannual white paper has discussed Korea's current defense posture; this year's paper was withheld because of North Korean complaints about earlier use of the term "main enemy" to refer to the North. This report omits the controversial term as it summarizes the defense policies of the Kim Dae-jung administration.
"We decided not to use the term because we value harmony between the North and South," an official at the ministry explained. But the report does not let the North off the hook entirely. "North Korea continues to enhance its military power, and there always exists the possibility of a provocation, for which the South should be fully prepared," one section of the report says.
The document boasts of progress the Korean armed forces have made in such areas as computerization of military information and the reorganization of the structure of Korea's forces. It also mentions the darker side of military life; it discusses an armed robbery committed by a military officer and notes that such cases have undermined public trust in the military.
The report also discusses the military capability of the United States Forces Korea and says in a crisis, a fleet of aircraft carriers and an additional 690,000 U.S. soldiers would be available for combat.
Military authorities would have to pick and choose, and as poster above says, many would be persons who served recently offering to go back onto active duty.
Liberals make a big noise, but are not really very numerous. I don't think it would TAKE 690,000-- more like a tenth or a sixth of that, but if it DID take the larger number, they would come right out of the wood work, no need at all for the draft.
2. How much, if any, influence or control does PRC have over the DRNK?
Did many people know when WW2 started? I don't think so. It didn't start on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Nor did it start on September 1, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. Most people in the know (like Winston Churchill) realized that WW2 started way before then. When the Allies refused to enforce the conditions of the 1918 Armistice and allowed Germany to rebuild its strength, the die was cast for another world war. By 1933, WW2 had begun and was inevitable and unstoppable. Yet it was still possible at that time for the Allies to prevent the mass carnage that eventually took place by defeating Germany before it could grow much stronger.
I believe September 11, 2001 set in motion the unstoppable events that are beginning to occur right now. If we act now, we can still prevent the worst of it. If we waffle and attempt to negotiate our way out of it, our enemies will grow stronger and we will only ensure a larger and more deadlier war later on.
It's not just the young people. 50% of the population does not want to fight against our enemies. I am 22, so if there is a draft, I will go. I saw the World Trade Center collapse up close and I'll try my best to prevent my city from getting nuked.
We are asking German troops to guard our bases in Germany while we are away tending to Saddam. What a laugh.
The US plans are based on the belief that the North Koreans would not be successful in consolidating their gains around Seoul and would be pushed back across the DMZ -- though the plans assume the North may break through the DMZ in places. A critical issue is strategic warning of unambiguous signs that North Korea is preparing an attack. The warning time has reportedly been shortened from about ten days to about three days as North Korea has covered its military activities.
The United States and ROK have developed as series of plans to counter a potential DPRK attack. The first plan would be a preemptive strike against DPRK positions to counter an emanate North Korean offensive. Likely targets in a preemptive attack are likely to be artillery positions and bombers before they could be activated. Under this plan, the ROK and the United States, both must agree that a DPRK attack is eminent and that a preemptive strike is necessary.
The second plan would go into effect following a North Korea attack. Since the late 90s the United States has developed OPLAN 5027, which includes defense of the southern peninsula as well as direct assaults against North Korean targets beyond the DMZ and defeating them in detail. This defeat in detail is said to include provisions to seize Pyongyang and instituted regime change.
In these provisions, the United States would attempt to bring roughly half of its combat force to reinforce forces already in place. According to the 04 December 2000 South Korean Defense Ministry White Paper, the United States would deploy up to 690,000 troops 160 Navy ships and 1,600 aircraft deployed from the U.S. within 90 days on the Korean peninsula if a new war breaks out.
The U.S.-ROK defense plan would be shaped not only by the threat but also by the mountainous terrain. Korea is commonly regarded as rugged infantry terrain that invites neither mobile ground warfare nor heavy air bombardment, but North Korea has assembled large armored forces that are critical to exploiting breakthroughs, and these forces would pass down narrow corridors that are potential killing zones for U.S. airpower. U.S.-ROK forces would conduct a vigorous forward defense aimed at protecting Seoul. Their campaign would be dominated by combined-arms ground battles waged with infantry, artillery, and armor. U.S. air and naval forces would conduct close air support, interdiction, and deep strike missions. After Phase 1, U.S.-ROK operations in Phase 2 would probably focus on seizing key terrain, inflicting additional casualties on enemy forces, and rebuffing further attacks. Phase 3, to start when the U.S. ground buildup was complete and ROK forces were replenished would be a powerful counteroffensive aimed at restoring the ROK's borders and destroying the DPRK's military power.
A major air campaign against northern forces would be required before the counteroffensive could begin. A US Marine Expeditionary Force (in division strength) and the 82nd Air Assault Division, along with ROK divisions, would launch an overland offensive north toward Wonsan from the east coast. Soon thereafter, a combined US-ROK force would likely stage an amphibious landing near Wonsan, and advance to Pyongyang. Subsequently, a combined US-ROK force would execute a major counteroffensive from north of Seoul aimed at seizing Pyongyang. This would be achieved either by linking up with the force at Wonsan, or meeting it at Pyongyang.
North Korea, devastated during the Korean War, also places great emphasis on maintaining a strong defense. To achieve the strategic defense mission, North Korea has established defensive belts. They are designed to defeat any attack from ground or amphibious forces. The main strategic belt runs from the DMZ to Pyongyang. This belt contains over two-thirds of the DPRK's active maneuver ground forces. Ground defense along this belt is carried out by MPAF and corps level units.
Two army-level headquarters may be activated for wartime operations. The navy provides coastal defense, and the army provides ground anti-landing defense. The air force and anti air artillery units of the army provide defense of DPRK airspace. At the initiation of a DPRK ground offensive, the North's reserve forces, numbering some 5 million, would man a pre-established, in-depth national defense network.
Tasks performed during the Destruction Phase of the OPLAN reportedly involve a strategy of maneuver warfare north of the Demilitarized Zone with a goal of terminating the North Korea regime, rather than simply terminating the war by returning North Korean forces to the Truce Line. In this phase operations would include the US invasion of North Korea, the destruction of the Korean Peoples Army and the North Korean government in Pyongyang. The plan includes the possibility of a Marine amphibious assault into the narrow waist of North Korea to cut the country in two. US troops would occupy north Korea and "Washington and Seoul will then abolish north Korea as a state and reorganize it under South Korean control.
Bingo! All this leftie crap about Germany being too harshly punished after the World War 1 is a bunch of garbage. I took a course about World War 1 in college, and I found out that the architects of the peace plan (especially France) said that Germany was not being punished enough and that the Treaty of Versailles was a peace plan that would last just 20 years.
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Besides, we can always amend it. =)
these leftist would not defend their homes, block or city, much less this republic.
Defend this republic or the Republic of Korea? I see nearly every able bodied man (and many women) showing up to defend the former, but not many for the latter.
If a draft were started, I seriously doubt 50% would show up.
Oh, they'll show up all right. On election day. Institute a draft, and even Hillary could get elected.
2. 690,000 troops is just about what KLINTON gutted our military by in his initial RIF (Reduction In Force) I know because I was a very senior captain victimized by that rape. I'd be a senior 05 or maybe even a full 06 by now.
I've been offered a major's commission in the national guard, but some health problems will preclude that for about a year to get done with surgery, etc. But I and they left the door open for a year down the line. IF they still need me.
3. I would tend to agree that they'd get the numbers if they recalled the troops and officers they forced out over the last ten-twelve years. Most would jump at the chance as long as they didn't need to worry about humpin' a rucksack all over the world. Spirit is willing but many's the back and flesh that have grown weaker...lol
However, the Haitian immigrants I teach in high school would beat feet back to the poverty of Haiti so fast there'd be a sonic boom over South Florida. THAT'S why I'm against the influx of immigrants who want the benefits of American residency without having to make sacrifices.
I tell 'em straight out to not wait...GO NOW and don't let the door hit 'em in the butt on the way out and don't come back, either! Not a very popular attitude for a public school teacher to take, but my faculty knows better than to get me started....lol
However, where the Allies went wrong was not enforcing the disarmament side of the treaty. They continued to allow the Germans to build bigger and bigger ships in violation of the treaty and to build an air force, which was also forbidden. Then they allowed the Germans to begin reoccupying the Rhine and other areas.
They had it backwards. They should have forgiven the monetary part of it and enforced the more important disarmament parts of the treaty.
The U.S. did a great thing after WW2. They were kind to Germany and Japan after the war and they ended up not only emulating our way of life but became the second and third largest economies in the world in the process.
Sounds like the very scenario that brought about the design and construction of these:
Seoul would be toast right away. The question is how far N Kor will advance down the penninsula before they run out of gas.