The deterrence record on North Korea is spotty, warns Duyeon Kim of the Center for a New American Security.
Retired Col. Ralph Puckett, a legendary Army Ranger highly decorated for valor in Korea and Vietnam, will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions in November 1950 during the Korean War.
President Joe Biden called Puckett, 94, on April 30 to inform him that he would receive the nation’s highest award for valor, The Washington Postreported. The award would make Puckett one of the most highly decorated soldiers in U.S. history.
U.S. forces in Korea have faced a changing and challenging training environment but remain ready to maintain peace and security on the peninsula, Gen. Robert Abrams told the House Armed Services Committee.
Testifying March 10, the commander of the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea said North Korea “continues to pose a threat to the international security environment with no indication that they have ceased development of nuclear capabilities.”
North Korea remains a major national security challenge, Pentagon officials told Congress.
Testifying Jan. 28 before the House Armed Services Committee, John Rood, DoD’s undersecretary for policy, said North Korea “poses an ongoing, credible threat to the United States homeland, our allies in South Korea and Japan, in addition to undermining international arms control regimes and engaging in egregious human rights violations and abuses.”
“Predicting North Korea’s future behavior is always hazardous,” Rood said.
The end of high-profile U.S. and South Korean training exercises has not diminished warfighting capabilities, according to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford.
“I am very confident today that we have not compromised the readiness of the alliance to go to war, should that be required,” Dunford said May 29 at a Brookings Institution event in Washington, D.C.
The alliance between the U.S. and South Korea “is stronger and more ready than ever,” the top U.S. general in the Republic of Korea said May 22.
Speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army’s LANPAC Symposium and Exposition in Honolulu, Gen. Robert B. Abrams, commander of U.S. Forces Korea and U.N. Command-Combined Forces Command, said the 65-year-old alliance between the U.S. and South Korea remains critical for economic and security reasons.
Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, relinquishes command on Nov. 8, wrapping up a 38-year career in the Army marked by trailblazing accomplishments and operational leadership.
Brooks, who has been in command for two years, will hand over the reins of the joint force of about 28,000 troops to Gen. Robert B. Abrams, former commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command.
The nominee to become the top U.S. commander in Korea said the evacuation of civilians from the Korean Peninsula presents “a wicked problem,” but he is confident twice-a-year drills have prepared the U.S. military for the problem it faces.
He also stressed that the risk to civilians isn’t limited to the families of U.S. troops but threatens a wide population.
Gen. Robert B. Brown, U.S. Army Pacific commanding general since April 26, said multilateral operations “are really the way to go” in all future military operations, in peace and in war.
“The future is multilateral. None of us can go it alone. It does not make sense for any of us to try to go it alone,” Brown said in opening remarks at LANPAC, a symposium and exposition hosted in Honolulu by the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare. “You will hear me say this again and again.”
The Army this week announced deployments for several units this spring and summer, including the first deployment of the new 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade.
Soldiers with the 1st SFAB out of Fort Benning, Ga., will deploy this spring to provide training and advising assistance to Afghan National Security Forces. The specialized unit is the first of its kind in the Army and the spring deployment will be its first. The second SFAB unit is being created at Fort Bragg, N.C., but has not received deployment orders.