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The right steps to ROK defense reform : How to overcome constraints

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  • Klingner, Bruce
  • International Council on Korean Studies


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Title The right steps to ROK defense reform
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How to overcome constraints

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Klingner, Bruce

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[Washington, DC]:International Council on Korean Studies

Date 2013
Journal Title; Vol./Issue International Journal of Korean Studies:vol. 17(no. 1)
Pages 19
Subject Country North Korea(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < National security
Holding International Journal of Korean Studies

Abstract

Shaken by North Korea’s two deadly attacks in 2010, the Lee Myung-bak Administration recalibrated ongoing defense reform plans to enable South Korea’s military to protect the country more effectively. President Lee’s Defense Reform 307 plan sought to redress many of South Korea’s security shortcomings, but Seoul remained hampered by demographic and fiscal constraints. Indeed, questions remained as to whether the government would fully fund South Korea’s defense needs, defense budget shortfalls having delayed previous reform efforts. However, South Korea does not bear its security burden alone and its alliance with the United States will continue to play an irreplaceable role in maintaining peace and stability throughout East Asia. Washington should therefore continue to ensure South Korea’s security through robust U.S. military deployments in the Pacifica and with an extended deterrence guarantee. (The rest omitted)