Accession Number : ADA312031

Title :   The Impact of the North Korean Submarine Force at the Operational Level of War.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Lodmell, Joseph C.

PDF Url : ADA312031

Report Date : 14 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : The threat of the North Korean submarine force, with its obsolete submarines, may easily be dismissed by a capable navy. For the Joint Task Force (JTF) Commander in a major regional conflict (MRC) involving North Korea, however, this submarine force could affect many operational level decisions. The Falkland Islands War showed that a Small, tactically ineffective submarine force could impact the operational commander's decisions just by being at sea and unlocated. In a Korean MRC, the North Koreans could do the same, except the North Korean submarine force is several times larger. From open source literature on U.S. Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) methods and littoral ASW problems, the North Koreans can learn how to best keep the submarines unlocated. Using these lessons, the North Koreans can develop a submarine employment plan that can impact the JTF Commander's decisions involving operational design and operational function, such as movement, maneuver, protection, and logistics. In a worst case, the North Korean submarine threat could make all maritime operations so risky as to virtually suspend use of the seas in the Korean region until the threat is eliminated. The only effective way to counter this threat is to neutralize the submarines before they leave port. Failing in this, it becomes a time consuming and asset intensive operation to regain control of the sea or to provide protection for those ships in threatened areas.

Descriptors :   *NORTH KOREA, *OPERATIONAL READINESS, *SUBMARINES, *ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE, DECISION MAKING, IMPACT, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), THREATS, TASK FORCES, LOGISTICS, CONFLICT, MANEUVERS, CIVILIAN POPULATION, MILITARY COMMANDERS, FALKLAND ISLANDS.

Subject Categories : Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE