Accession Number : ADA589521

Title :   Wartime OPCON Transition and the ROK-U.S. Alliance

Descriptive Note : Research paper

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Hwang, Young S

PDF Url : ADA589521

Report Date : Mar 2013

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : The wartime Operational Control (OPCON) transition of Republic of Korea (ROK) forces from the command of the United States to the command of the Republic of Korea that was decided upon during the Roh Moo-hyun Government (2003-2008) has progressed continuously during the Lee Myung-bak government and the Obama administration. This OPCON transition has been a historical turning point for converting The ROK-U.S. Combined Defense System that has maintained security for half a century into A ROK-Supported, U.S.-Supporting Defense System. This paper reviews the history of the ROK-U.S. alliance, the background of the wartime OPCON transition, the Northeast Asia security environment, and the progress of the transition. The paper also will address related challenges and make several recommendations for continuing the successful transition and strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance.

Descriptors :   *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), *SOUTH KOREA, *TRANSITIONS, *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, *WARTIME, CHINA, CONFRONTATION, COOPERATION, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, HISTORY, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, JAPAN, NORTH KOREA, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, RUSSIA, SECURITY, THREATS, TREATIES

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Defense Systems
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE