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  • US-S.Korean military exercise to start July 25

    07/21/2010 12:38:52 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    AFP ^ | 7/20/2010 | AFP
    A major US-South Korean military exercise involving about 20 ships, 200 planes and 8,000 personnel will start Sunday in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) to deter North Korea, the US military said on Tuesday. The July 25-28 drill will highlight the resolve of the two countries "to face any threat North Korea may pose", the US-led United Nations Command said in a statement. The war games are a response to the sinking of a South Korean warship earlier this year, which Seoul and Washington blame on North Korea. The announcement followed talks between visiting US Defense Secretary Robert Gates...
  • U.S.-Korean Defense Leaders Announce Exercise Invincible Spirit

    07/20/2010 6:27:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 7/20/2010 | By Jim Garamone
    – The United States and South Korea today announced a series of military exercises designed to send a strong, clear message to North Korea to stop its provocative and warlike acts. Video U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Republic of Korea National Defense Minister Kim Tae-young released a joint statement on the exercises following meetings here. The first in a series is a combined maritime and air readiness exercise named Invincible Spirit. About 8,000 U.S. and ROK military personnel will participate. The exercise is in response to the unprovoked attack on and sinking of the South Korean frigate Cheonan...
  • Indonesia to Buy 50 Controversial Fighter Jets from South Korea

    07/15/2010 10:22:28 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Jakarta Globe ^ | 7/15/2010 | AFP
    Indonesia agreed on Thursday to join a South Korean project to develop a new fighter jet which has been delayed for years by technical and budget problems. Indonesia will acquire about 50 of the KF-X fighters in return for shouldering 20 percent of the development costs in the multi-million dollar project, the South Korean defense ministry said. The two sides also agreed to work together in production and marketing. The deal was signed in Seoul by Byun Moo-Keun, commissioner for the ministry’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), and his Indonesian counterpart Eris Herryanto. South Korea launched the project in 2000...
  • Compromise on drill by U.S., Korea

    07/15/2010 10:06:06 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 1+ views
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 7/15/2010 | JoongAng Ilbo
    South Korea and the United States will push ahead with a joint naval exercise to warn North Korea against making attacks on the South, officials in Seoul and Washington said. But a defense ministry official told the JoongAng Ilbo that the two countries have arrived at a compromise to avoid angering China, which objected to the exercise being held in the Yellow Sea near its own territorial waters. “We will hold drills in both the Yellow Sea and the East Sea,” the official said. In addition, the U.S.S. George Washington, a U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, will participate in the exercise...
  • U.S. Mulls Year-Round Drills with S.Korea

    07/15/2010 2:54:34 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 7/15/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo
    The U.S. government is apparently debating how to stage joint exercises with South Korea not only this month but all year round as a response to North Korea's torpedo attack on the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan in March. A diplomatic source in Washington on Tuesday said the U.S. is thinking a lot about these joint exercises "to deliver a clear message to the North." Following the planned joint drill this month, the two countries will further upgrade the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise, which is staged in August every year, and may also possibly conduct various other kinds of drills....
  • U.N. Command, N. Korea end rare meeting over ship sinking

    07/14/2010 11:57:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Yonhap News ^ | 7/15/2010 | Kim Deok-hyun
    Military officers from the U.S.-led United Nations Command (UNC) and North Korea ended a rare meeting Thursday, officials said, the first such meeting since the March sinking of a warship blamed on the communist country. "The meeting ended at around 11:30 a.m.," said an official at the UNC. The official said he had no information on the results of the meeting that lasted about one and a half hours, adding they will be announced later in the day. The colonel-level meeting was aimed at arranging talks of general-grade officers between the two sides for discussions on the sinking, which a...
  • Machine gun-toting robots deployed on DMZ

    07/14/2010 12:10:45 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    Stars And Stripes ^ | 7/12/2010 | Jon Rabiroff
    Security along the DMZ has gone high-tech, as South Korea has quietly installed a number of machine gun-armed robots to serve as the first line of defense against the potential advance of North Korean soldiers. The stationary robots — which look like a cross between a traffic signal and a tourist-trap telescope — are more drone than Terminator in concept, operated remotely just outside the southern boundary of the DMZ by humans in a nearby command center. Officials refuse to say how many or where the robots have been deployed along the heavily fortified border between the two Koreas, but...
  • Military to convene disciplinary committee over ship sinking

    07/10/2010 9:31:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 7/11/2010 | Yonhap News
    South Korea's military plans to convene a disciplinary committee meeting late this month to censure senior officers over the deadly sinking of a naval ship in North Korea's torpedo attack in March, an official said Sunday. Last month, South Korea's state audit agency, the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI), asked the defense ministry to reprimand 25 senior military officers, accusing them of mishandling the March 26 sinking of the warship Cheonan, which left 46 sailors dead. "We're conducting an investigation to determine the accountability of those accused by the BAI," a senior defense ministry official said on condition of...
  • SKorea, US plan naval drills after UN actions against NKorea

    07/07/2010 12:56:56 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Brahmand.com ^ | 7/6/2010 | Brahmand.com
    South Korea and the United States will stage large-scale anti-submarine drills in the Yellow Sea after the United Nations takes action against Pyongyang for sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan, Yonhap news agency said. "The joint drills will be carried out after the U N Security Council takes measure against North Korea," the agency quoting Col. Lee Bung Woo said. The United States’s 97,000-ton USS George Washington, an Aegis-equipped destroyer, and a nuclear-powered submarine are reportedly participating in the joint naval drills and a 4,500-ton destroyer, a submarine and F-15K fighter jets will take part from the South Korean...
  • New U.S. command entity delayed

    06/30/2010 11:00:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 7/1/2010 | Jeong Yong-soo
    The planned creation of the U.S. Korea Command has been delayed to October or later, according to a source at the Ministry of Defense yesterday. The source told the JoongAng Ilbo that the new command structure was supposed to be created on June 1, but Seoul and Washington agreed to push back its creation to October or later, because of the delay of the transfer of wartime operational control of South Korean soldiers from the U.S. to South Korea. The U.S. Korea Command will be a new organization of the U.S. military forces here to be used after Korea is...
  • SKorea's military wants budget increased sharply

    06/30/2010 1:27:36 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 6/30/2010 | Hyung-Jin Kim
    South Korea's Defense Ministry is seeking a sharp increase in next year's budget to improve its fighting capability due to tensions over the deadly sinking of a warship blamed on North Korea, an official said Wednesday. Defense Ministry officials have agreed to request about 31.6 trillion won ($25.8 billion) next year to introduce new weapons and improve military hardware and welfare facilities for troops, a ministry official said on condition of anonymity, citing department policy. The amount would represent a 6.9 percent increase from the 29.5 trillion won budgeted this year, which was a 3.6 percent increase from the year...
  • Troop control transfer delayed

    06/29/2010 8:59:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 6/302010 | Ser Myo-ja
    Leaders of South Korea and the United States have delayed Seoul’s scheduled takeover of wartime operational control of its troops to Dec. 1, 2015, pushing back the transfer date three years and seven months. The decision was made at a meeting between Presidents Lee Myung-bak and Barack Obama before the Group of 20 financial summit here on Saturday. The two leaders also discussed security issues and North Korea’s recent provocation, government officials said. When the 1950-53 Korean War began, South Korea handed over peacetime and wartime operational control of its soldiers to the U.S.-led United Nations Command, after which the...
  • S. Korea, U.S. to delay wartime command transfer, speed up FTA

    06/26/2010 10:53:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 6/26/2010 | Lee Chi-dong
    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his American counterpart Barack Obama announced a three-year delay in Washington's transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) to Seoul, citing the volatile atmosphere on the Korean Peninsula with North Korea's continued military provocations, most recently a deadly naval attack on a warship. The leaders also agreed to make concrete efforts to revive their long-stalled free trade agreement talks, as Obama set November as the deadline for completing necessary discussions. Obama began the summit with Lee with a show of his resolve to make North Korea pay a price for sinking a South Korean warship,...
  • US to retake control of S Korea war games amid tensions

    06/19/2010 9:50:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 237+ views
    Times of India ^ | 6/17/2010 | Times of India
    US forces will regain control over a major annual military exercise with South Korea amid rising tensions with the North following the sinking of one of Seoul's warships, officials said on Thursday. Seoul's defence ministry said the Combined Forces Command led by US General Walter Sharp will retake control of the computerised war game called Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) from this year. In 2008 and last year the South's military took control of the exercise, to prepare for a scheduled transfer of wartime command in the military alliance. UFG, which is due to start in mid-August, is the world's largest...
  • South Korean children's balloons mistaken for parachuting North Koreans

    06/19/2010 9:10:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 245+ views
    Telegraph.co.Uk ^ | 6/18/2010 | Telegraph.co.Uk
    Amid growing military tensions between the North and South, Seoul mobilised troops and police early on Thursday after a resident of Ansan, 22 miles south-west of the South Korean capital, reported that 40 to 50 flying objects resembling parachutes had fallen on a mountain the previous night. Upon inspection, the objects were identified as helium balloons released by children at a nearby school. Tensions on the Korean peninsular have been high since the sinking of the South's warship earlier this year. Seoul has said that the ship was torpedoed by Pyongyang. Earlier this month, an explosion Yeonpyeong Island, near the...
  • US carrier to join S.Korea anti-submarine drill

    06/02/2010 12:24:29 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 35 replies · 672+ views
    AFP via Yahoo.news ^ | 6/2/2010 | AFP via Yahoo.news
    US aircraft carrier will join a major anti-submarine naval exercise with South Korea next week in a show of strength to North Korea after the sinking of a warship, reports said Wednesday. South Korea, which accuses the North of torpedoing its ship Cheonan in March with the loss of 46 lives, is also mounting a diplomatic drive at the United Nations but indicated it would not seek new sanctions. The USS George Washington will leave its base in the Japanese port of Yokosuka around Saturday and arrive in the Yellow Sea early next week, Yonhap news agency quoted a military...
  • Seoul Weighs Shift in U.S. Military Ties

    05/31/2010 10:01:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 645+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/31/2010 | Jay Solomon
    South Korea is reviewing its defense policy following North Korea's alleged sinking of a South Korean naval vessel, a process that could significantly change Seoul's military alliance with Washington, according to officials engaged in the process. Over the past week, U.S. and South Korean leaders have outlined plans to conduct war games and strategy sessions to better equip the South for combating the type of submarine attack Pyongyang is accused by international investigators to have staged in March, killing 46 South Korean sailors. For the longer term, President Lee Myung-bak's conservative government could seek to alter the alliance's command structure...
  • U.S., South Korea Forces Say They Can Repel North as Raptors, Ships Deploy

    05/30/2010 11:59:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 1,149+ views
    FeedCry Archive ^ | 5/28/2010 | Patrick Harrington
    U.S. and South Korean forces said they are ready to repel any threat posed by North Korea as 24 stealth fighter jets deploy to the region and a report said the military alert level has been raised. Naval vessels plan anti-submarine exercises close to the disputed maritime border between North and South Korea where one of the South’s warships sank on March 26, killing 46 sailors. An international team of experts last week concluded that a North Korean torpedo blew apart the Cheonan, prompting Kim Jong Il’s regime to cut all ties with the South and threaten “all-out war” over...
  • Defense Reform 2020 to be revised for NK threat

    05/26/2010 6:21:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 209+ views
    The Korea Times ^ | 5/26/2010 | Jung Sung-ki
    The five-year-old defense reform initiative aimed at building smaller but high-tech armed forces is under intense review following the sinking of the frigate in a "surprise attack" by North Korea The Defense Reform 2020 plan was initiated in 2005 by the liberal Roh Moo-hyun administration in pursuit of a "self-reliant" military that could deal with regional threats beyond defense against a North Korean invasion. The plan included reducing the number of standing troops and instead equipping the armed forces with advanced weapons systems by 2020 in stages. The Roh administration believed the level of North Korean threat would decrease gradually...
  • S. Korea to launch anti-North military drills, broadcasts

    05/24/2010 1:06:22 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 273+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 5/24/2010 | Kim Deok-hyun
    South Korea's defense chief said Monday his military will launch its own anti-proliferation exercise and resume psychological warfare against North Korea, as parts of its initial military measures to punish Pyongyang for a deadly torpedo attack on a South Korean warship in March. The planned military exercise scheduled to take place in the second half of the year to deter proliferation of North Korean weapons of mass destruction will be the first of its kind by the South's military. Defense Minister Kim Tae-young also said the South would actively participate in a U.S.-led anti-proliferation drill, known as the Proliferation of...
  • Seoul to refocus military reform back on North Korea threat

    05/23/2010 1:05:12 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 498+ views
    East-Asia-Intel ^ | 5/19/2010 | East-Asia-Intel
    South Korea's conservative government is expected to drop the Defense Reform 2020, a long-term military project crafted by the previous liberal leadership. In the first meeting of the Commission for National Security Review, organized following the sinking of the warship Cheonan in march, President Lee Myung-Bak ordered his Cabinet to review Defense Reform 2020 to better counter threats from the hostile communist neighbor. Defense Reform 2020 was adopted by former President Roh Moo-Hyun, who pushed for reconciliation with the North. It was designed to make South Korea's military less dependent on the United States and called for a reduction of...
  • U.S. Supports South Korea's Findings In Sinking Of Ship

    05/20/2010 11:28:47 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 306+ views
    Digtriad.com ^ | 5/20/2010 | Kelly Heffernan-Tabor
    The Pentagon isn't calling the recent sinking of a South Korean ship by North Korea an outright act of war, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates said they are in close contact with their South Korean counterparts. Gates said the United States supports South Korea's determination that the March sinking of a military ship was in fact caused by North Korea. "We certainly support the findings of the Korean, the South Korean investigation. We obviously are in close consultation with the Koreans. The attack was against one of their ships and naturally they would have the lead in determining the path...
  • South Korea to Accuse North of Torpedo Attack

    05/18/2010 4:15:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 34 replies · 848+ views
    The NY Times ^ | 5/18/2010 | Choe Sang-Hun
    South Korea has concluded that a North Korean torpedo sank one of its warships in March, killing 46 sailors, according to government officials and domestic news reports on Tuesday. South Korean officials are preparing to announce the results of their investigation later this week. The much anticipated finding will accuse North Korea of committing one of the worst military provocations on the Korean Peninsula since the end of the Korean War, deepening tensions between the countries. North Korea, denying involvement in the sinking, has vowed to retaliate against any attempt to link it with the March 26 explosion that broke...
  • South Korean President plans defense posture overhaul

    05/17/2010 2:21:05 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 237+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 5/17/2010 | Defense Professionals
    Strongly insinuating that North Korea was behind the sinking of a Navy warship, President Lee Myung-bak in early May announced major changes in the way South Korea’s military will defend the country. “It has now become clear that the Cheonan did not sink from a simple accident,” Lee said in an opening address at an unprecedented meeting of military commanders on May 4. “As soon as the incident happened, I realized that it was a grave international issue, that included inter-Korean relations, and made an order to the defense minister to lay bare the cause through international cooperation.” Lee hosted...
  • Seoul: Threat of infiltration by special forces from North 'has become real'

    05/14/2010 9:15:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 597+ views
    East-Asia-Intel.com ^ | 5/5/2010 | East-Asia-Intel.com
    North Korea has deployed about 50,000 commandos along the inter-Korean border in an apparent show of force with the threat of rapid infiltration "suicide missions" against South Korea, a military source in Seoul said. The North "has completed the frontline deployment of seven light infantry divisions over the past two or three years," the source said, citing a joint study by South Korean and U.S. militaries. Each division consists of about 7,000 troops. A South Korean soldier keeps watch northwards on the south side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, north of...
  • Seoul Steps Up Diplomatic Response to Sinking

    05/09/2010 3:11:51 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 254+ views
    Donga Ilbo.com ^ | 5/8/2010 | Donga Ilbo.com
    With suspicion growing of North Korea’s involvement in the sinking of the naval patrol ship Cheonan, South Korea is stepping up preparation for a diplomatic response to the incident. Seoul will begin its diplomatic response with its allies based on its bilateral alliance with Washington and seek support from the international community. This gradual approach is intended to gain global support for sanctions on North Korea. ○ Comprehensive response based on S. Korea-U.S. alliance Beginning with a meeting of the Security Policy Initiative Friday, South Korea and the U.S. are devising countermeasures. A South Korean official said, “The direction of...
  • S. Korea's Lee calls unprecedented meeting with commanders to counter 'belligerent' North

    05/07/2010 10:38:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 421+ views
    East-Asia-Intel.com ^ | 5/5/2010 | East-Asia-Intel.com
    South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has ordered the military to become stronger to counter North Korea, saying the sinking of the South's warship was likely caused by its "belligerent" communist neighbor. In a show of his determination to overhaul the country's "loosened" defense posture, Lee convened a meeting of top military commanders on May 4. It was the first time in the nation's history that a president had done so. At the meeting, Lee vowed to take "definite, stern" action against those responsible for the sinking. The 1,200-ton Cheonan, a Navy corvette, exploded and sunk on March 26 during a...
  • South Korea’s Secret War

    05/06/2010 10:14:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 543+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 4/27/2010 | By David Axe
    More than half a century since the end of the Korean War and the beginning of a long period of relative military isolation, South Korea is gradually, and quietly, playing a larger role in world security. Despite strong US support, South Korea’s rise as a military power is complicated by domestic politics, and by a belligerent North Korea. To avoid provoking foreign and domestic opposition, Seoul has cleverly disguised its newest overseas military operation as a strictly peaceful affair. Despite a technologically advanced military and a gross domestic product just shy of $1 trillion, making it the world’s 15th wealthiest...
  • Korean Military to Strengthen Anti-Submarine Drill

    05/06/2010 2:23:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 164+ views
    Arirang TV ^ | 5/5/2010 | Arirang TV
    Meanwhile the South Korean military plans to beef up security in the waters near its maritime border with North Korea. Reports indicate the South Korean Navy will conduct more anti-submarine drills in the West Sea where a warship sank in March. claiming the lives of 46 sailors. Seoul's National Defense Ministry also plans to request government funds to improve underwater surveillance by modernizing sonar devices and naval radar systems. And more joint anti-submarine warfare exercises between South Korean and US forces could take place in the East and West Seas. In a report to President Lee Myung-bak South Korean defense...
  • (South Korean)Military Promises More Effective Defense Strategy

    05/04/2010 9:24:02 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 195+ views
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 5/05/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo
    South Korea's military strategy against North Korea will shift from thwarting a full-scale, conventional attack to dealing with limited, unconventional acts of aggression, Defense Minister Kim Tae-young told President Lee Myung-bak on Tuesday. "We admit that there are deficiencies in our ability to deal with infiltrations and unconventional tactics and we need to refocus the direction of our military build-up strategy," Kim said in a meeting between Lee and top military commanders. South Korea's military build-up so far had primarily focused on dealing with a full-blown war with North Korea, while an infiltration by North Korean commandos or other unconventional...
  • Defense chief blames 'surprise attack' for ship sinking, calls it 'day of shame'

    05/04/2010 1:39:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 398+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/04/2010 | Chang Jae-soon
    Defense Minister Kim Tae-young said Tuesday a "surprise attack" sank one of South Korea's naval ships in March and that the country will remember the incident as a "day of shame" for its military. Kim made the remark during a report to President Lee Myung-bak at a meeting of top military commanders, but stopped short of directly mentioning North Korea, though the communist nation has been widely believed to be responsible. "Our naval ship came under a surprise attack on March 26 while on a patrol mission. We bitterly regret that it revealed a hole in the defense posture and...
  • President Lee to preside over meeting of top military commanders

    05/02/2010 8:40:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 343+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 5/02/2010 | Yonhap News
    President Lee Myung-bak will chair a meeting of top military commanders next week, his spokesman said Sunday, a reflection of how seriously he regards last month's deadly sinking of a naval ship in waters near North Korea. Lee will preside over the military commanders' meeting on Tuesday, marking the first time in history for a South Korean president to chair such a meeting, presidential spokesman Park Sun-kyoo said. The 1,200-ton patrol ship Cheonan sank in waters near the tense western sea border with North Korea on March 26, revealing problems with the way the military responded to the deadly disaster...
  • Military Increasingly Convinced of N.Korean Sub Attack

    04/19/2010 4:48:50 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 781+ views
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 4/19/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo
    Military officials and experts believe that if a North Korean torpedo was involved in the sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan, it was probably launched from a 325-ton Shark-class submarine. The sub ranks between a full-blown submarine and a mini-sub in terms of size. South Korean military intelligence are reportedly focusing on the fact that one or two Shark-class submarines from a submarine base in Cape Bipagot, South Hwanghae Province are unaccounted for during the time of the Cheonan's sinking. The Bipagot submarine base is around 80 km from Baeknyeong Island. Shark-class submarines can travel at speeds of...
  • U.S. commanders leave open possibility of OPCON transition delay

    03/26/2010 11:30:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 311+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 3/27/2010 | Hwang Doo-hyong
    Top U.S. military commanders said Friday that they are ready to transfer the wartime command control of South Korean troops to Seoul as scheduled in 2012, but left open the possibility of a delay if governments agree. "To the extent that the government would question that, I think then it becomes a government to government decision between the United States and the Republic of Korea," Adm. Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. "This is a government of Korea decision, or certainly OPCON transition will be considered by the government of Korea...
  • US Offers to Sell Command Bunker to S. Korea

    03/21/2010 11:09:41 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 531+ views
    Korea Times ^ | 3/21/2010 | Jung Sung-ki
    The top American military officer here has proposed that South Korea buy a key U.S. underground command bunker on the outskirts of Seoul, as his troops will move to an area south of the Han River, relinquishing wartime operational control to Korean commanders, a source at the Combined Forces Command (CFC) said Sunday. CFC Commander Gen. Walter Sharp, who concurrently heads the 28,000-strong U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), made the proposal to South Korea during the Key Resolve command-post exercise that ended Thursday, the source told The Korea Times. The Ministry of National Defense is reviewing the offer but has yet...
  • Experts on WMD taking part in US-S.Korea war games

    03/11/2010 1:20:16 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 185+ views
    Yahoo Canada News ^ | 3/11/2010 | Yahoo Canada News
    US experts in weapons of mass destruction are taking part in a military exercise simulating an attack by North Korea on South Korea, the US commander in the South said Thursday. The communist North has bitterly denounced the US-South Korean exercise as a preparation for a nuclear attack, and vowed to respond to any aggression with its atomic weapons. The visiting experts are from a team called Task Force Elimination, of the Maryland-based 20th Support Command. US commander General Walter Sharp said they brought unique WMD expertise to the Key Resolve/Foal Eagle drill, in which 18,000 American troops and 20,000...
  • S. Korea, U.S. begin joint military drill despite N.K. warning

    03/07/2010 8:01:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 64+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 03/08/2010 | Shin Hae-in and Sam Kim
    The United States and South Korea began their annual joint military exercise on Monday, dismissing a verbal warning by North Korea, which views the drill as a preparation for war. The Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercise is to continue across South Korea through March 18, drawing about 18,000 U.S. troops from bases here and abroad and mobilizing more than 20,000 South Korean troops. The U.S. says the drill is a routine exercise to improve its ability to defend South Korea, but North Korea insists it is a precursor to invasion. On Sunday, North Korea said in a statement it...
  • Korea Seeks Slimmer, but Stronger Armed Forces

    03/06/2010 9:13:46 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 319+ views
    The Korea Times ^ | 03/05/2010 | Jung Sung-ki
    The South Korean military is developing into a smaller, stronger version of itself to meet the war environment of the 21st century. Established in 1948 with only 50,000 troops in the Army and Navy, following the nation's liberation from Japan's colonial rule (1910-45), the Korean military was a rudimentary force largely dependent on U.S. and other foreign forces for national security. The Air Force and Marine Corps were created a year later. Major weapons systems at the time consisted of Type 99 rifles, 105mm field guns and other aging weapons. The 1950-53 Korean War damaged the undeveloped Asian armed forces...
  • S.Korea on alert for possible N.Korea firepower display

    02/20/2010 12:20:26 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 254+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/20/2010 | AFP
    South Korea's military was on high alert Saturday after North Korea declared no-go zones near its disputed sea border with the South, sparking fears the reclusive state could begin firing weapons. "We've deployed anti-artillery firefinder radar systems in Baengnyeong island and Yeonpyeong islands," a Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman told AFP. "However, there is no unusual military activity detected in the North," he said. Yonhap news agency said the South had also stepped up air and naval surveillance along the inter-Korean border. As of late Friday, the North has declared a total of eight no-sail zones: four in the Yellow...
  • S. Korea to install artillery-tracking radar near Yellow Sea border

    01/30/2010 10:48:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 199+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 1/29/2010 | Yonhap News
    South Korea's military is considering positioning a weapon-locating radar system on islands near the Yellow Sea border, in a bid to better monitor artillery firing by North Korea, a lawmaker who was briefed on the plan said Friday. In a meeting with lawmakers of the National Assembly defense committee, Defense Minister Kim Tae-young said that the military will push to deploy artillery hunting radars, called TPQ, on Baengnyeong Island and Yeonpyeong Island just south of the western inter-Korean sea border, Rep. Kim Hak-song who chairs the committee said.The radar system is capable of detecting hostile artillery by tracking projectiles in...
  • Military in Korea Expands Use of Simulations in War Games

    01/26/2010 10:55:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 230+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 1/9/2009 | Jude Shea, Lt. Col. Don Willadsen and J. David Lashlee
    More so than in most other places, modeling and simulation are critical to training in Korea. Units in Korea do not have access to live combat training centers such as those found in the United States and Europe. Large-scale maneuver training areas, for example, are limited. Environmental and political restrictions severely limit training and traffic congestion curtails the ability of units to get to training areas. Modeling and simulations are a cost-effective means of overcoming these obstacles. Exercise Key Resolve is an annual training event that is designed to ensure that the Combined Forces Command (CFC) is ready to defend...
  • 1,300 land mines cleared from areas bordering N. Korea this year

    12/21/2009 1:38:27 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 581+ views
    Yonghap News Service ^ | 12/21/2009 | Sam Kim
    The South Korean military said Monday it has removed some 1,300 land mines this year from the country's rural areas bordering North Korea, a reminder of the tense 1950-53 Korean War that ended in a truce. In the operations that lasted from April to November, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) mobilized 3,300 personnel to remove mines from a total of 100,000 square meters of land south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), it said in a release. Since starting the operations in 1999, JCS has cleared 65,000 mines. "It was a rewarding operation as we moved carefully not to disrupt...
  • R.O.K. and U.S. Marines Strike by land, air and sea: 31st MEU completes KITP ‘10

    11/08/2009 11:52:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 282+ views
    Global Security ^ | 11/07/2007 | Lance Cpl. Michael A. Bianco, 31st MEU
    ng with allied forces on foreign terrain introduces new obstacles and allows for the development of new war-fighting tactics, or the honing of existing doctrine specific to a region. Joint training also enables the sharing of tactics between U.S. service members and ally counterparts. Strength through unity is at the heart of this concept. Military forces of allied nations training side-by-side enhances military interoperability and strengthens the allied fighting forces as a whole. Through planning and close coordination between commanders and senior military officials from both the Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) Marine Corps and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU),...