The potential for a security failure on the Korean peninsula provides an opportunity for cooperation between China and the United States, and demonstrates the need to prioritize communication architecture between the Combined Forces Command and China's People's Liberation Army's Northern Theatre Command. Commander to Commander communications are necessary to coordinate military intent across the forward lines of troops, managing the potential for escalation. Additionally, intelligence sharing is required to synchronize WMD site containment. Finally, communication will be key to effectively manage refugee operations and mitigate a likely humanitarian disaster. Cooperation between Russia and the US in Syria against ISIS provides a framework for how to develop communications between peer competitors.