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Emerging Threats, Force Structures, and the Role of Air Power in Korea

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North Koreas ballistic missile program, the Theater Missile Defense TMD debate, and ongoing discussions concerning South Koreas next-generation combat aircraft have combined to heighten awareness of the critical importance of aerospace power. In an effort to assess these and other related issues, the Air Power Program APP based at the Center for International Studies at Yonsei University, together with Project AIR FORCE PAF at RAND and the Pacific Century Institute, coorganized the Second International Air Power Conference on the theme, Emerging Threats, Force Structures, and the Role of Air Power in South Korea, June 11-12, 1999, in Seoul. The collaboration with Project AIR FORCE at RAND and the Pacific Century Institute began when the Air Power Program hosted the First International Air Power Conference in June 1998. Building on the progress made during the first conference, the second conference focused on the Republic of Koreas ROKs desirable force structure in the 21St century, the role of air and space power in shaping future deterrence and defense missions, the ballistic missile threat in the current and emerging strategic environment and options for responding to it, and private and public sector collaboration on long-term development of air power. The conference brought together a diverse group of experts-from academia, think tanks, relevant government ministries and agencies, and the services-and their interaction contributed significantly to the quality of presentations and discussions. This volume is a compilation of papers that were delivered at this conference.

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  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Antimissile Defense Systems

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