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Primer on Sociopolitical and Military Developments in North Korea

This compilation of works consists mainly of articles from Military Review, publications authored by the Combat Studies Institute, monographs from students at the Command and General Staff College, and selected works from other sources for which we have permission to reproduce.

The Army University Press invites readers to submit for publishing consideration articles to Military Review or longer works to the Combat Studies Institute on issues related to Russia. Guidelines for submission are on the Army University Press website at http://www.armyupress.army.mil/Publish-With-Us/.

   

Military Review Articles - North Korea | “Continuing the Conversation”

    North Korea Policy - Changed Regime

    North Korea Policy

    Changed Regime

    By Col. James M. Minnich, U.S. Army

    With respect to North Korea, the author espouses a U.S. policy of changed regime over regime change—effecting change from within that country by establishing conditions that encourage Seoul and Pyongyang to pursue an agreement that permits both to exist peacefully and prosperously.

    Published as an Online Exclusive Article 30 August 2017

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    How to Build an Armadillo - Lessons Learned from the First Forward-Deployed THAAD Battery

    How to Build an Armadillo

    Lessons Learned from the First Forward-Deployed THAAD Battery

    By Lt. Col. Jonathan C. Stafford, U.S. Army

    In response to North Korean threats, the military deployed the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to the island of Guam in 2013. The author provides lessons learned from that deployment to help the Army better plan for future THAAD deployments.

    Published in the May-June 2017 Edition of Military Review, p 108.

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    North Korean Cyber Support to Combat Operations

    North Korean Cyber Support to Combat Operations

    By 1st Lt. Scott J. Tosi, U.S. Army

    North Korea should be considered a major cyber threat to U.S. and South Korean military forces at both strategic and tactical levels. The author suggests North Korea will launch tactical cyber attacks in support of combat units during war.

    Published in the July-August Edition of Military Review, p 43.

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    North Korean Collapse or Korean Reunification - The Importance of Preparation over Prediction

    North Korean Collapse or Korean Reunification

    The Importance of Preparation over Prediction

    By Bryan Port

    Korea is of tremendous importance to U.S. national security and economic prosperity. Unfortunately, most Americans do not closely follow developments in Korea despite the high stakes involved—stakes that include the safety of over one hundred thousand Americans in South Korea (the Republic of Korea, or ROK), hundreds of thousands of American jobs tied to exports to the ROK, and tens of billions of dollars invested there.

    Published in the September-October 2016 Edition of Military Review, p 8.

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    Finding America's Role in a Collapsed North Korean State

    Finding America's Role in a Collapsed North Korean State

    By Captain Jonathan Stafford, U.S. Army

    Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was an irritant to the United States and defied the international community over his weapons programs for a decade, causing some U.S. leaders to push for removing him and transforming Iraq into a democratic state. Unfortunately, few of those leaders thought seriously about how to accomplish the second half of their aim; thus, we are going on our fifth year in Iraq with no end in sight. One lesson we should learn from this mistake is that we must plan now for stability operations in countries where the risk of regime collapse is greatest.

    Published in the January-February 2008 Edition of Military Review, p 95.

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    Korea

    Korea

    By Various Authors

    Much changed over the first five years after World War II. Japan, a former arch enemy, had become a major posting for the US military. Our European focus had shifted east from Germany to the Soviet Union. Worldwide, the 8.2 million men under arms in 1945 had drawn down to a skeletal force. And here at home, the baby boom and GI bill were fueling tremendous social change

    Published in the January-February 2000 Edition of Military Review.

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    Korea's Path of Reunification

    Korea's Path of Reunification

    By Commander Maharaj K. Chopra, Indian Air Force Retired

    In the history of modern Korea, 4 July 1972 will be a landmark. On that · data, a Joint communiqué was Issued by the governments of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Korean People’s Democratic Republic (North Korea) signifying the decision to discuss the problem of “unifying the divided Fatherland.”

    Published in the February 1973 Edition of Military Review, p 19.

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Primer on Sociopolitical and Military Developments in North Korea

This compilation of works consists mainly of articles from Military Review, publications authored by the Combat Studies Institute, monographs from students at the Command and General Staff College, and selected works from other sources for which we have permission to reproduce.

The Army University Press invites readers to submit for publishing consideration articles to Military Review or longer works to the Combat Studies Institute on issues related to Russia. Guidelines for submission are on the Army University Press website at http://www.armyupress.army.mil/Publish-With-Us/.

   

Military Review Articles - North Korea | “Continuing the Conversation”

    North Korea Policy - Changed Regime

    North Korea Policy

    Changed Regime

    By Col. James M. Minnich, U.S. Army

    With respect to North Korea, the author espouses a U.S. policy of changed regime over regime change—effecting change from within that country by establishing conditions that encourage Seoul and Pyongyang to pursue an agreement that permits both to exist peacefully and prosperously.

    Published as an Online Exclusive Article 30 August 2017

    Download the PDF

    How to Build an Armadillo - Lessons Learned from the First Forward-Deployed THAAD Battery

    How to Build an Armadillo

    Lessons Learned from the First Forward-Deployed THAAD Battery

    By Lt. Col. Jonathan C. Stafford, U.S. Army

    In response to North Korean threats, the military deployed the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to the island of Guam in 2013. The author provides lessons learned from that deployment to help the Army better plan for future THAAD deployments.

    Published in the May-June 2017 Edition of Military Review, p 108.

    Download the PDF

    North Korean Cyber Support to Combat Operations

    North Korean Cyber Support to Combat Operations

    By 1st Lt. Scott J. Tosi, U.S. Army

    North Korea should be considered a major cyber threat to U.S. and South Korean military forces at both strategic and tactical levels. The author suggests North Korea will launch tactical cyber attacks in support of combat units during war.

    Published in the July-August Edition of Military Review, p 43.

    Download the PDF

    North Korean Collapse or Korean Reunification - The Importance of Preparation over Prediction

    North Korean Collapse or Korean Reunification

    The Importance of Preparation over Prediction

    By Bryan Port

    Korea is of tremendous importance to U.S. national security and economic prosperity. Unfortunately, most Americans do not closely follow developments in Korea despite the high stakes involved—stakes that include the safety of over one hundred thousand Americans in South Korea (the Republic of Korea, or ROK), hundreds of thousands of American jobs tied to exports to the ROK, and tens of billions of dollars invested there.

    Published in the September-October 2016 Edition of Military Review, p 8.

    Download the PDF

    Finding America's Role in a Collapsed North Korean State

    Finding America's Role in a Collapsed North Korean State

    By Captain Jonathan Stafford, U.S. Army

    Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was an irritant to the United States and defied the international community over his weapons programs for a decade, causing some U.S. leaders to push for removing him and transforming Iraq into a democratic state. Unfortunately, few of those leaders thought seriously about how to accomplish the second half of their aim; thus, we are going on our fifth year in Iraq with no end in sight. One lesson we should learn from this mistake is that we must plan now for stability operations in countries where the risk of regime collapse is greatest.

    Published in the January-February 2008 Edition of Military Review, p 95.

    Download the PDF

    Korea

    Korea

    By Various Authors

    Much changed over the first five years after World War II. Japan, a former arch enemy, had become a major posting for the US military. Our European focus had shifted east from Germany to the Soviet Union. Worldwide, the 8.2 million men under arms in 1945 had drawn down to a skeletal force. And here at home, the baby boom and GI bill were fueling tremendous social change

    Published in the January-February 2000 Edition of Military Review.

    Download the PDF

    Korea's Path of Reunification

    Korea's Path of Reunification

    By Commander Maharaj K. Chopra, Indian Air Force Retired

    In the history of modern Korea, 4 July 1972 will be a landmark. On that · data, a Joint communiqué was Issued by the governments of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Korean People’s Democratic Republic (North Korea) signifying the decision to discuss the problem of “unifying the divided Fatherland.”

    Published in the February 1973 Edition of Military Review, p 19.

    Download the PDF

External Websites