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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.

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North Korea Policy - Changed Regime

North Korea Policy

Changed Regime

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

Published as an Online Exclusive Article 30 August 2017

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.

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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 2017 Edition of Military Review, p 43.

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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 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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North Korea: Government-Sponsored Drug Trafficking

North Korea: Government-Sponsored Drug Trafficking

By Lieutenant Commander Cindy A. Hurst, U.S. Naval Reserve

Bringing North Korea to a satisfactory level of producing legitimate trade items for the world market would take billions of dollars because Global illicit potential production of opium during 2002 (in percentage of metric tons). North Korea lacks the resources to conduct enough trade to bolster its failing economy. U.S. foreign aid is restricted to supplying food for humanitarian aid because of North Korea’s repeated support for acts of international terrorism.

Published in the September-October 2005 Edition of Military Review, page 35.

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Ten Misperceptions about North Korea

Ten Misperceptions about North Korea

By Lieutenant General Michael M. Dunn, U.S. Air Force

“10 misperceptions” to demystify North Korea and expose its aims.

Published in the September-October 2005 Edition of Military Review, page 38.

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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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Additional Resources

Finding a Diplomatic Solution to the North Korean Crisis

Finding a Diplomatic Solution to the North Korean Crisis

By Various authors, The Aspen Institute - Congressional Program, Stanford, California, March 2-4, 2018

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Web Book: The Military Balance in the Koreas and Northeast Asia

Web Book: The Military Balance in the Koreas and Northeast Asia

By Anthony H. Cordesman with the assistance of Charles Ayers, Center for Strategic and International Studies, January 31, 2017

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Keeping the North Korean Threat in Proportion

Keeping the North Korean Threat in Proportion

By Anthony Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies, August 9, 2017