Washington, D.C., December 17, 2010 — North Korea’s ever-growing belligerence, illustrated by its vow to retaliate against the South for artillery drills and the recent attacks on Yeonpyeong Island, highlights the need to further strengthen the U.S.-South Korea alliance. South Korea must also play a greater role in regional stability and prosperity, according to a report released today by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).
Securing South Korea: A Strategic Alliance for the 21st Century, authored by Abraham Denmark and Zachary Hosford, provides policy recommendations for how the United States can enhance its alliance with South Korea. This includes how South Korea can create a more adaptive military force – including ground, air and naval forces – that would allow the country to meet the wide range of threats posed by its northern neighbor. Additionally, it would give them capacity to help manage regional issues such as China’s rise and access to the region’s numerous seaways. Additional recommendations in the report include:
“While South Korea can rely upon its American ally for its ultimate defense, challenges to America’s long-term capacity to project and sustain military power demand a greater role by the ROK,” write the authors. “South Korea’s military cannot afford to focus on a single scenario, however, given South Korea’s rapidly evolving strategic environment. The ROK military must be flexible and experienced enough to address a wide range of threats.”
To address the growing regional threat posed by North Korea, CNAS also released a report today on Japan's need for enhanced Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Robotic Skies: Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and the Strategic Defense of Japan.
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