South Korea Plans New Guided Missile Brigade

South Korea Plans New Guided Missile Brigade

On March 19, South Korean media reported that the ROK Army will deploy a new guided missile unit to counter North Korea’s long-range artillery sites. “The Ministry of National Defense…

South Korea to Purchase 90 More Taurus Cruise Missiles

South Korea to Purchase 90 More Taurus Cruise Missiles

On March 13, a South Korean official announced a contract to purchase 90 Taurus 350K long-range cruise missiles. “The contract was signed in late February,” said Kang Hwan-seok, spokesman for…

Trump Agrees to Meet With Kim

Trump Agrees to Meet With Kim

On March 8, the White House announced President Trump had accepted an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to meet for negotiations over its nuclear program. The invitation was…

South Korea Orders New PAC-3 Interceptors

South Korea Orders New PAC-3 Interceptors

On February 7, South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced its intent purchase additional Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors from the United States. The estimated…

When Allies Get Nervous

When Allies Get Nervous

In a nuclear world, nuclear weapons are needed to deter major attacks, but who should possess these instruments of deterrence? Today the challenge of keeping nonnuclear states from going nuclear may be growing, perhaps nowhere quite as much as in northeast Asia…

South Korea to Increase Defense Budget

South Korea to Increase Defense Budget

South Korea will increase its defense budget by 7 percent next year, raising the amount to 43.2 trillion won (39.7 billion USD). The budget allocates 4.3 trillion won to the…

North Korea Conducts Third ICBM Test

North Korea Conducts Third ICBM Test

On November 28, North Korea conducted what is believed to be its third test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Launched from the vicinity of Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province, the…

China & South Korea End THAAD Dispute

China & South Korea End THAAD Dispute

On October 31, Seoul and Beijing agreed to end a year-long dispute over the deployment of a U.S. THAAD battery in South Korea. Following South Korea’s decision to deploy the…