The Korean government has made numerous defense reform attempts in the 2000s. But the results have been limited due to a number of resistance factors. In the meantime, other military advanced countries have transformed their traditional defense forces based on manpower to advanced forces with sophisticated technology.
The domestic and external environments of Korea’s defense provide several challenges; First, East Asia is in the midst of an uneasy power struggle, and North Korea continues to prove to be a loose cannon with its threats of nuclear tests and missiles. Second, the U.S. and South Korea agreed to return wartime operational control by 2015. Third, due to an increasing demand for bigger social welfare budgets, coupled with the slow growth of the economy, a rapid increase in the defense budget is not feasible.
The Korean military has to meet the growing challenges with an even more restrained budget. (The rest omitted)
국방개혁과 국방재원배분 합리화 방안(Defense reform and defense resource re-allocation in Korea)
|Series Title; No||정책연구시리즈 / 2012-11|
|Subject Country||South Korea(Asia and Pacific)|
|Subject||Government and Law < National security|
|Holding||한국개발연구원; KDI 국제정책대학원|