A new unclassified global threat assessment from the U.S. intelligence community has the same old rivals: China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.
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.
The Army is making sure the Korean War, a conflict that took 36,000 American lives and is often referred to as “the Forgotten War,” is anything but forgotten as the 69th anniversary of its beginning approaches.
“Where the Hell is Korea? Warfare in the Land of Sorrow,” a new exhibit opening May 18 at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, showcases the war’s timeline and presents stories of soldiers who fought on the front lines and those who supported them.
The tension that once dominated the Korean Peninsula has been reduced through diplomatic engagement, but there has been no “verifiable change” in North Korea’s nuclear posture, the commander of U.S. troops in South Korea told a Senate committee.
Gen. Robert B. Abrams, who took over as commander of U.N. Command, Combined Forces Korea and U.S. Forces-Korea on Nov. 7, told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that the “hard work of diplomacy” has reduced tension and created the environment needed for North Korea to “choose a path of denuclearization.”
Air and missile defense against adversaries such as North Korea, Russia and China requires a “broad spectrum of capabilities” that can address the specific threat each country represents, the officer in charge of deterring a strategic attack against the U.S. and its allies says.
Two former U.S. secretaries of state warn that North Korea’s evolving nuclear program presents an immediate national security threat over the possibility the regime would use the weapons and a longer-term threat because it will encourage nuclear proliferation.
A joint U.S-South Korean decision to postpone planned military exercises until after the 2018 Winter Olympics was more of a practical than political decision, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.
The PyeongChang Olympics begin Friday, February 9 with the opening ceremony and a few events, and ends February 25. Joint military drills had been planned in South Korea during at least part of the international games but the two countries announced they would hold off.