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Don’t Lose Sight of Under-the-Hood Changes to South Korea’s Defense Posture
November 13, 2019

Don’t Lose Sight of Under-the-Hood Changes to South Korea’s Defense Posture

By Brad Glosserman and S. Paul Choi
South Korea’s defense posture is undergoing important and underappreciated changes, which bear on its alliance with the United States.

What’s Next for South Korea's ‘Defense Reform 2.0’ Initiative?
September 07, 2018

What’s Next for South Korea's ‘Defense Reform 2.0’ Initiative?

By Sukjoon Yoon
Moon's plan is primarily concerned with political and social reform, but the military viewpoint must also be taken into account.
How Will ‘Defense Reform 2.0’ Change South Korea’s Defense?
August 27, 2018

How Will ‘Defense Reform 2.0’ Change South Korea’s Defense?

By Sungyoung Jang
A closer look at Moon Jae-in’s ambitious defense modernization plan.

North Korea's Latest Missile Test and South Korea's Response
December 02, 2017

North Korea's Latest Missile Test and South Korea's Response

By Clint Work
A look at the implications for the U.S.-South Korea alliance, and for Seoul itself.

The Long History of South Korea's OPCON Debate
November 01, 2017

The Long History of South Korea's OPCON Debate

By Clint Work
President Moon has once again raised the issue of transferring OPCON to South Korea. What would that actually look like?

South Korea Unveils New Elite Unit of Marines
March 24, 2016

South Korea Unveils New Elite Unit of Marines

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The unit’s main task is to carry out special operations inside North Korea in the event of war.

South Korea’s Military To Receive New Reconnaissance Drone
January 13, 2016

South Korea’s Military To Receive New Reconnaissance Drone

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Korean Air recently inked a deal with the Korean military procurement agency to mass-produce a new UAV.
North Korea Flew a Spy Drone Across the DMZ
September 04, 2015

North Korea Flew a Spy Drone Across the DMZ

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Amidst last month’s tensions, Pyongyang repeatedly dispatched an UAV to observe South Korean troop movements.

North Korea Threatens to Attack US Homeland
August 17, 2015

North Korea Threatens to Attack US Homeland

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Pyongyang promised dire consequences should a joint ROK-US military drill begin today.

Is Europe Conquering South Korea’s Defense Sector?
July 22, 2015

Is Europe Conquering South Korea’s Defense Sector?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
European military hardware is becoming more popular on the Korean peninsula.

South Korean Politics Drive OPCON Transfer
October 28, 2014

South Korean Politics Drive OPCON Transfer

By Steven Denney
The issue of operational control in South Korea has long been held prisoner to fickle domestic politics.
South Korea Eyes Israel’s Iron Dome
August 14, 2014

South Korea Eyes Israel’s Iron Dome

By Zachary Keck
The maker of Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system claims that South Korea’s military has expressed interest in it.

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