Accession Number : ADA331318

Title :   South Korea: Are New Methods More Amenable to new Interest?

Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Webb, Thomas D.

PDF Url : ADA331318

Report Date : 22 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : United States Army forces have been stationed in South Korea since the signing of the armistice in 1953. The intent of the forces was to contain the spread of communism and provide the United States with a security arc to protect her western borders. Since 1953, several changes have occurred with respect to the Southwest Asia Region. United States Army doctrine has changed, with National Strategy, from containment and forward presence to force projection. In addition, though North Korea still poses a formidable threat to regional stability, South Korea maintains an improved military force capable of executing a credible defense along the 38th Parallel. Furthermore, the United States has additional interests in the Pacific Rim generated by the economic prosperity of the entire Pacific Rim. The purpose of this paper is to determine if United States Army forces should remain in South Korea. It is the author's contention that a static defense in South Korea is no longer consistent with Army doctrine. Furthermore, the Army could better support national interests in the region by developing contingencies for deployment from CONUS sites or other Pacific military installations.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *MILITARY STRATEGY, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *SOUTH KOREA, NORTH KOREA, DEPLOYMENT, MILITARY FACILITIES, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, ARMY, SOUTHWEST ASIA.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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