Wartime OPCON Transition and the ROK-U.S. Alliance
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The wartime Operational Control OPCON transition of Republic of Korea ROK forces from the command of the United States to the command of the Republic of Korea that was decided upon during the Roh Moo-hyun Government 2003-2008 has progressed continuously during the Lee Myung-bak government and the Obama administration. This OPCON transition has been a historical turning point for converting The ROK-U.S. Combined Defense System that has maintained security for half a century into A ROK-Supported, U.S.-Supporting Defense System. This paper reviews the history of the ROK-U.S. alliance, the background of the wartime OPCON transition, the Northeast Asia security environment, and the progress of the transition. The paper also will address related challenges and make several recommendations for continuing the successful transition and strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Defense Systems
- Command, Control and Communications Systems