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Yonhap – Defense minister stresses military’s ‘will, efforts’ for OPCON transfer assessment

SEOUL, Jan. 19 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s Defense Minister Suh Wook called on all armed services Wednesday to unify their “will and efforts” to ensure this year’s planned assessment required for the envisioned transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) will proceed successfully.

Suh made the remarks during a meeting of top commanders to evaluate South Korea’s efforts to retake OPCON from the United States, as the allies are set to stage the full operational capability (FOC) assessment later this year.

Defense Minister Suh Wook (C) attends a meeting with top commanders to discuss progress in South Korea's efforts to retake wartime operational control from the United States at the defense ministry in Seoul on Jan. 19, 2022, in this photo provided by the ministry. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Defense Minister Suh Wook (C) attends a meeting with top commanders to discuss progress in South Korea’s efforts to retake wartime operational control from the United States at the defense ministry in Seoul on Jan. 19, 2022, in this photo provided by the ministry. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

During their annual defense ministerial talks in December, Seoul and Washington agreed to conduct the assessment this fall. Later, Seoul officials said the allies will discuss the possibility of holding it earlier than planned, but its exact timing has yet to be announced.

“Especially, the minister stressed the need for all armed services to unify their will and efforts for a successful FOC assessment,” the defense ministry said in a press release.

The minister also portrayed the conditions-based OPCON transfer as an essential task to achieve the goal of “steadfast” defense under the mindset that “our defense is our responsibility,” according to the ministry.

Wednesday’s meeting was attended by top South Korean defense officials, including Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Won In-choul and top commanders of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.

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Yonhap – S. Korea, U.S. mull delaying combined drills to April due to presidential election: sources

By Song Sang-ho

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Yonhap) — South Korea and the United States are considering postponing their combined springtime military exercise, usually held in March, to April due to the March 9 presidential election and the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple sources said Thursday.

The allies have been discussing the possible delay in consideration of the virus’ unabated spread and the need to ensure South Korean troops can exercise their voting rights in the election unhindered by the round-the-clock command post training, the sources said.

The move also comes amid worries that preparations for the exercise, albeit defensive in nature, could impede Seoul’s efforts to resume inter-Korean dialogue and could go against the Olympic spirit of peace at the Beijing Games slated for next month.

“There have been discussions on the possible postponement due to the election season and the coronavirus woes,” an informed source told Yonhap News Agency on condition of anonymity.

Seoul and Washington conduct two major regular joint exercises each year — one in March and the other in August — to reinforce their defense capabilities against possible North Korean aggression.

For past major allied exercises, South Korea’s presidential election hardly affected their timing as voting took place in December.

But Election Day changed to March 9 in 2017 following the ouster of former scandal-hit President Park Geun-hye. Incumbent President Moon Jae-in began his single, five-year term in May that year, two months after the election.

Asked to confirm the allies’ discussions on the exercise, Seoul’s defense ministry said the two sides are still in talks over the details.

“The authorities of South Korea and the U.S. are in consultation over the specific timing and method of the exercise,” a ministry official told Yonhap on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) refused to comment on the exercise plans.

“As a matter of policy, we do not comment on planned or executed combined training, and any decision regarding combined training will be made by the U.S.-ROK alliance,” USFK spokesperson Col. Lee Peters told Yonhap. ROK stands for South Korea’s official name, Republic of Korea.

On Tuesday last week, Boo Seong-chan, the ministry’s spokesperson, said that details, including the timing and scale of this year’s combined exercises, have yet to be finalized.

His remarks came after Radio Free Asia reported that the U.S. Department of Defense said there have been “no changes” to the schedule for the allies’ training and exercise.

This file photo, taken Aug. 5, 2021, shows military vehicles at U.S. military base Camp Casey in Dongducheon, 40 kilometers north of Seoul. (Yonhap)

This file photo, taken Aug. 5, 2021, shows military vehicles at U.S. military base Camp Casey in Dongducheon, 40 kilometers north of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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Yonhap – Defense officials from S. Korea, U.S. Japan discuss N. Korea’s missile threats

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Yonhap) — Senior defense officials from South Korea, the United States and Japan held phone talks Thursday to discuss North Korea’s recent missile launches and reaffirmed the importance of trilateral security cooperation, Seoul’s defense ministry said.

The phone talks came two days after North Korea fired what it claimed to be a hypersonic missile into the East Sea, the second such launch in less than a week.

During the conversation, Deputy Defense Minister Kim Man-ki, Ely Ratner, the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, and Kazuo Masuda from the Japanese defense ministry shared their views on the security situation surrounding the Korean Peninsula, including the North’s latest missile launches, according to the ministry.

“South Korea and the U.S., in particular, agreed to accelerate an in-depth analysis and preparations of response measures against North Korea’s growing missile threats,” the ministry said in a statement.

The officials reaffirmed the importance of security cooperation among the three countries, and agreed to hold three-way defense ministerial talks at an agreed upon date, it added.

South Korea, the U.S. and Japan earlier pushed for a defense ministerial meeting in Hawaii this month, but postponed the schedule due to the virus situation.

The three countries last held a trilateral defense ministerial meeting on the margins of security talks involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bangkok in November 2019.

This photo, released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Jan. 12, 2022, shows what the North claims to be a new hypersonic missile being launched the previous day. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who watched the firing, "appreciated the practical achievements" made by those involved in research related to the missile development. South Korea's defense ministry said the previous day the North fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile into the East Sea. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

This photo, released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on Jan. 12, 2022, shows what the North claims to be a new hypersonic missile being launched the previous day. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who watched the firing, “appreciated the practical achievements” made by those involved in research related to the missile development. South Korea’s defense ministry said the previous day the North fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile into the East Sea. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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Yonhap – N. Korea says it successfully conducted final test-firing of hypersonic missile

By Choi Soo-hyang

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) — North Korea said Wednesday it has successfully conducted the final test-firing of a new hypersonic missile a day earlier, as it continues to develop new weapons systems amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the United States.

On Tuesday, South Korea’s defense ministry said the North fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile into the East Sea which flew over 700 kilometers at a maximum altitude of 60 km and a top speed of Mach 10, or 10 times the speed of sound.

“The test-fire was aimed at the final verification of overall technical specifications of the developed hypersonic weapon system,” the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended the firing.

During Tuesday’s test, the hypersonic glide vehicle demonstrated “glide jump flight,” “corkscrew maneuvering,” and hit “the set target in waters 1,000 km off.”

“The superior maneuverability of the hypersonic glide vehicle was more strikingly verified through the final test-fire,” the KCNA said.

This photo, released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Jan. 12, 2022, shows what the North claims to be a new hypersonic missile being launched the previous day. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

This photo, released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on Jan. 12, 2022, shows what the North claims to be a new hypersonic missile being launched the previous day. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

Kim expressed “great expectations” that the officials in the missile research sector would “help bolster the war deterrent of the country with their continued ultra-modern scientific research achievements.”

The latest firing marked the North’s second missile launch in less than a week.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff earlier downplayed the North’s hypersonic missile claims as “exaggeration,” but said the latest launch demonstrated “improvement” from the previously tested versions.

The North conducted the first test-firing of what it claimed to be a “hypersonic” missile Hwasong-8 in last September, though the missile flew at a speed of around Mach 3 at that time.

Developing a hypersonic weapon was one of the North’s “five core tasks” under a five-year plan to strengthen its defense capabilities unveiled at its eighth party congress held a year ago.

On Tuesday, Kim again stressed “the need to further accelerate the efforts to steadily build up the country’s strategic military muscle both in quality and quantity.”

The North’s latest saber-rattling came as nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang remain stalled since the no-deal Hanoi summit in February 2019.

President Moon Jae-in expressed concern over North Korea’s repeated missile launches ahead of South Korea’s presidential election in March, and ordered officials to come up with measures to ensure “no further tension in inter-Korean relations.”

The White House also condemned North Korea’s latest launch and urged the North to engage in dialogue.

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Yonhap – S. Korea ranks 9th in defense technologies: report

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s defense technologies were assessed to be the world’s ninth most advanced as of last year, a triennial government report showed Monday, noting progress in artillery, submarines and other sectors.

According to the report by the Korea Research Institute for Defense Technology Planning and Advancement (KRIT), South Korea ranked ninth among 16 countries, compared with the previous report in which the country tied with Italy for ninth place in 2018.

The institute has published the report since 2008 to assess South Korea’s comparative strengths and weaknesses to help craft strategies for its defense research and development.

Of 26 key defense technology areas, South Korea’s capabilities improved in 10 areas, including artillery, submarines, command control, cyber weapons and underwater surveillance, according to the report.

But the report listed 11 areas, including radar and space weapons systems, as those that need “more attention.”

“Its ranking in the artillery field rose to fourth place based on an improvement in the performance of self-propelled artillery, and autonomous and automation technology,” KRIT said in a press release.

“Its technology level also improved in submarines, such as the successful SLBM underwater test launch,” it added, referring to the South’s test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile last year.

In the latest report, the United States took the top spot, followed by France and Russia, which tied for second. Germany and Britain took fifth place, trailed by China, Israel and Japan.

Shown in this table released by the Korea Research Institute for Defense Technology Planning and Advancement (KRIT) on Jan. 10, 2022, is the defense technology level of the world's 16 major countries in 2021. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Shown in this table released by the Korea Research Institute for Defense Technology Planning and Advancement (KRIT) on Jan. 10, 2022, is the defense technology level of the world’s 16 major countries in 2021. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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Yonhap – N. Korea ups ante with ‘hypersonic’ missile aimed at evading allies’ missile shield

By Song Sang-ho

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Yonhap) — North Korea’s latest launch of what it claims to be a hypersonic missile underscores its tenacious efforts to dodge the evolving South Korea-U.S. missile defense shield and bolster its military presence while upping the ante for future nuclear negotiations, analysts said Thursday.

The North successfully test-fired the missile Wednesday, its official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, in its first show of force this year, apparently signaling an advance in the development of what could be a game changer in regional security. The North announced its first known test of a hypersonic missile in September last year.

Its push for the new missile was foreordained, given that at the eighth congress of the ruling Workers’ Party a year ago, the North unveiled its ambitious scheme to “develop and introduce the hypersonic gliding flight warhead in a short period” along with other formidable weapons.

In this photo, released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Jan. 6, 2022, what the North claims to be a new hypersonic missile is launched the previous day. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

In this photo, released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on Jan. 6, 2022, what the North claims to be a new hypersonic missile is launched the previous day. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

Experts here presume it will take more time for the North to master the hypersonic missile technologies, including airborne control and heat resistance. Still, the new missile sparked concerns over whether South Korea and the U.S. are ready to counter the evolving threat.

“Technology-wise, caution needs to be taken when assessing whether the North really succeeded in developing a hypersonic missile, given that even the United States has yet to fully deploy such a missile,” Park Won-gon, a professor of North Korea studies at Ewha Womans University, said.

“But the problem here is that the hypersonic missile flies so fast it can hardly be blocked by the current-time missile defense system,” he added.

The KCNA said the missile made a “120 km lateral movement” and “precisely hit a set target 700 km away” while touting the “control and stability” of the warhead. It did not mention how fast the missile traveled, but South Korean military sources estimated its speed at over Mach 5.

The KCNA report raised speculation about the possibility of steady progress in the North’s bid to possess the high-tech missile, as the self-styled hypersonic Hwasong-8 missile fired last year was believed to have traveled some 200 km at a speed of Mach 3.

Some experts pointed to differences between the warhead shapes of the two missiles, spawning a view that the one tested earlier this week could be either a brand-new type or an upgraded version of the Hwasong-8.

The warhead of the previous one appeared leaner and more pointed, while that of the latest one looked more like a circular cone.

The latest missile’s “lateral movement” capability was also noteworthy, analysts said, as it could indicate possible improvement in the missile’s maneuverability that would make interception even more difficult.

Apparently seeking to allay growing public concerns, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesperson Col. Kim Jun-rak stressed the South and the U.S. are “capable of detecting and responding” to the missile with their combined assets.

The North’s boast of its missile prowess came as Seoul and Washington have been striving to reinforce their combined multi-layered missile defense capabilities through the installation of various assets, including a THAAD battery in the southeastern county of Seongju.

“The nuclear force is the sole military area where the North could highlight its relative primacy at this point,” Nam Chang-hee, professor of international politics at Inha University, said.

“While the South and the U.S. are seeking to build capabilities, including missile defense and preemptive strike assets, the North might be prioritizing at least disrupting or evading them,” the professor added.

The KCNA report on the latest missile’s range of 700 km suggested it could have security implications well beyond the Korean Peninsula.

“Rather than the latest missile targeting the South, its usage appears to stretch to U.S. military installations on Okinawa, Japan, and the U.S. territory of Guam,” a security expert told Yonhap News Agency, requesting anonymity.

Pyongyang’s latest saber-rattling dealt a dispiriting setback to South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s steadfast pursuit of denuclearization and lasting peace on the divided peninsula, which has made no significant headway over the past few years. A silver lining is that the North has maintained its moratorium on nuclear or long-range missile tests.

The North’s latest ballistic missile test came hours before Moon celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for a railway project at the inter-Korean border town of Goseong. Reconnecting cross-border roads and railways was a key agreement struck during a 2018 summit between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“To fundamentally overcome the root cause of this situation, we should not let go of our efforts for dialogue,” Moon said at the ceremony.

The North’s undeterred drive for new weapons systems could be part of its efforts to pressure the U.S. to show more flexibility to move forward the nuclear negotiations that have remained stalled since the Hanoi summit in early 2019 between the two countries.

Pyongyang has been seeking to develop various other formidable arms, such as a submarine-launched ballistic missile and tactical nuclear weapons as well as various missile launch platforms, including those using railways.

“The North’s message may be this: If you let this be, we will continue to advance and diversify our nuclear force. So take steps to persuade us and engage in arms control negotiations,” Park of Ewha Womans University said.

Speculation has persisted the North might want arms control negotiations to concurrently reduce its nuclear and conventional arsenal with the U.S. rather than denuclearization talks.

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Yonhap – U.S. says ‘no changes’ in allies’ exercise plans: RFA

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Yonhap) — The U.S. Department of Defense has said South Korea and the United States will proceed with their combined springtime exercise as previously agreed upon, according to Radio Free Asia.

The statement by a Pentagon spokesperson came amid concerns that the exercise, if held, could dampen Seoul’s efforts to resume dialogue with Pyongyang. The North has berated the allies’ drills as a war rehearsal against it.

“No changes to the training/exercise schedule as was discussed in the SCM,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying in response to the U.S.-funded broadcaster’s question of whether the exercise could be postponed.

The SCM (Security Consultative Meeting) is the allies’ annual defense ministerial talks. It was last held in Seoul in December.

Boo Seung-chan, the spokesperson of Seoul’s defense ministry, said the allies have been in close consultation over the exercise plans, but details, including their timing and scale, have yet to be finalized.

“Regarding the exercise planned for the first half of this year, we have had close consultations in consideration of conditions like the COVID-19 situation, domestic schedules and the deployment schedule of U.S. augmentation personnel,” he said.

With just four months left in its term, the Moon Jae-in administration hopes to make progress in its stalled initiative to foster lasting peace on the divided Korean Peninsula.

In recent years, Seoul and Washington have adjusted the scale of their regular drills to back up diplomacy for peace with Pyongyang, despite worries that downsizing combined exercises could take a toll on military readiness.

The Pentagon spokesperson also told the broadcaster that any decision related to the combined training will be made under “a mutual agreement.”

In a joint SCM communique, South Korea’s Defense Minister Suh Wook and his U.S. counterpart, Lloyd Austin pledged to “closely cooperate” to conduct two major combined trainings this year. They called them a “critical component of maintaining alliance readiness.”

Meanwhile, Seoul has been seeking to advance the timing of an allied assessment required for it to retake wartime operational control (OPCON) from Washington.

During the SCM, Suh and Austin agreed to conduct the full operational capability assessment later this fall, but Seoul hopes to conduct it earlier than planned in order to accelerate the OPCON transfer process.

Military helicopters are stationed at U.S. Army base Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, 70 km south of Seoul, in this file photo from March 8, 2021, the first day of the biannual computer-simulated Combined Command Post Training (CCPT). The nine-day South Korea-U.S. military drill was scaled back due to the pandemic, with no outdoor drills to take place. (Yonhap)

Military helicopters are stationed at U.S. Army base Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, 70 km south of Seoul, in this file photo from March 8, 2021, the first day of the biannual computer-simulated Combined Command Post Training (CCPT). The nine-day South Korea-U.S. military drill was scaled back due to the pandemic, with no outdoor drills to take place. (Yonhap)

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KDVA President’s Annual Report

December 28, 2021

2021년 12월28일

On October 1, 2020, I became the Chairman and President of the Korea Defense Veterans Association.  Now, a little more than a year later, I am pleased to provide an update in the form of this annual report.  Let me begin by saying what a great privilege it is to lead this organization.  We are growing.  We are expanding our reach.  We are keeping the Alliance strong.  And, we are honoring those who defended this Alliance.

저는 2020년 10월 1일대한민국재향군인회 이사장 겸회장으로 취임하였습니다. 1년이조금넘은지금,저는이연차보고서를통해업데이트를드릴수있게된것을기쁘게생각하고있습니다. 이단체를이끄는것은너무나도큰영광이었습니다. 저희의조직은성장하고있습니다. 저희의조직은범위를넓히고있습니다. 저희의조직은동맹을굳건히유지하고있습니다. 그리고, 이동맹을지켜준그들을기억하고기리고있습니다.

There are many highlights from this period.  Indeed, too many to detail in this report.  Please accept my selections as indicators of what has happened more broadly.

이시기의하이라이트는여러가지가있습니다. 사실이보고서만으로자세히설명하기에는너무많습니다. 제선택들을좀더광범위하게일어난일에대한지표로받아주세요.

My priorities as communicated on October 1, 2020 were:

2020년 10월 1일에전달한저의우선순위는다음과같습니다:

  • Enhance, advocate for, and educate about the ROK-U.S. Alliance which is an essential part of each nation’s security and prosperity, through forums, social media, newsletters, research, and events.토론회, 소셜미디어, 소식지, 연구활동, 행사등을통해국가안보와 번영의필수요소인한미동맹을증진, 지지 및교육활동.
  • Recognize and support service members, government civilians, and their families who have or are serving in the ROK-U.S. Alliance. 한미동맹에종사하거나복무중인복무자, 정부민간인및그가족을지원.
  • Serve its members with professional networking, mentoring, volunteering, and researching opportunities. 회원들에게전문적인네트워킹, 멘토링, 자원봉사및연구기회를제공.
  • Honor and support the Veterans who defended South Korea during the Korean War. 한국전쟁 당시 대한민국 수호에  기여한 참전용사들을기리고지지.

We set three lines of effort into motion to advance the KDVA.  They were:

  • KDVA Membership Growth; KDVA Education and Outreach; and KDVA Organization.

우리는KDVA를발전시키기위해세분야에노력을기울였습니다:

  • KDVA 회원증가, KDVA 교육및봉사활동, 그리고 KDVA 조직.

What did we accomplish since October 1, 2020?

2020 10 1 이후 주요 활동

First, in the area of membership, I set a stretch goal of doubling the number of members.  On October 1, 2020 KDVA had 1,708 members (regular and associate combined).  As of November 30, 2021 we have 2,480 members.  This reflects a 45% growth in just over one year.  We did not hit the doubling goal, but growth has been accelerating in the last six months with new records being set every month for numbers of new members.  We are on the right track and still have much more work to do to reach those who served in Korea.  While our membership efforts are good, but not great, our social media reach is superb.  Our Facebook reach, as one metric, increased from over 465,000 on Oct 1, 2020 to over 1,865,000 by November 30, 2021 – a four-fold increase!  Website views, YouTube views, and Twitter views, all were also a four-fold or greater increase.

먼저회원분야에서는회원수를 2배로늘리겠다는목표를세웠습니다. 2020년 10월 1일 당시 KDVA의회원수는 1,708명(정회원및준회원포함)이었습니다. 2021년 11월 30일현재에는 2,480명의회원이있습니다. 불과 1년사이에 45%의회원수성장을 달성했습니다 비록회원수를두배로성장하겠다는목표를달성하지는못했지만최근 6개월동안매월신규회원수기록이 갱신되는등성장이가속화되고있습니다. 저희는목표를향해달리고있지만한국에서복무한사람들에게다가가기위해아직할일이많이남아있습니다. 우리의멤버십노력이 대단치는 않지만 양호한 수준을 보이는 반면,우리의소셜미디어범위는확실히뛰어납니다. 페이스북의팔로워 수는 2020년 10월 1일 46만 5천에서 2021년 11월 30일 186만 5천으로 4배증가했습니다! 웹사이트조회수, 유튜브조회수, 트위터조회수도모두 4배이상증가했습니다.

Second, in the area of Education and Outreach, our strategic efforts to increase outreach in Korea where the current generation of Korea Defense Veterans are actively serving the Alliance is bearing good results.  Through the efforts of the Korea Chapter of KDVA the outreach and education efforts have become very productive.  I am grateful for the excellent work of our initial chapter.  This area of Education and Outreach also includes our thought-leadership efforts.  KDVA is increasingly a partner of choice with major thought leadership entities and is also now a successful convener of scholars, practitioners, and experts.  KDVA hosted, in conjunction with the Korea–US Alliance Foundation (KUSAF), and with the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) three highly successful Alliance Peace Conferences.  The first occurred in Washington, DC in July 2021.  The second occurred in Seoul in November 2021.  The third and final conference occurred in Hawaii in December 2021.  Each of these highlighted a key set of dynamics about the Alliance and the effort to achieve a condition of peace.  The conferences were well-attended and all followed a hybrid format of some physical participation and some virtual participation.  All received strong accolades.  The Alliance Peace Conferences were the biggest events of the year but were far from being the only events in this area of Education and Outreach.  We conducted 18 webinars/events — 6 are KDVA led events and 12 are with partners, including KUSAF.  Moreover, we activated three series in 2021 that provide a first-hand perspective of the Alliance and make understanding the Alliance much clearer.  These were the “From My Service in Korea, I Learned …” series which now contains 10 written stories for and 1 video interview in our digital archives; and the Alliance 101 series as well as the Korea 101 series.  Again, these initiatives were well-received and expanded the understanding of the Alliance we serve.  KDVA continues to enjoy senior-level access to current government officials in both the U.S. and Republic of Korea security structures.  Finally, in partnership with the MPVA, KDVA selected the first Korea Defense Veterans to participate in the world-class Revisit Korea program.  This was an historic milestone for the program which recognizes that there is a waning population of Korean War Veterans who can travel to Korea, and yet the story of Korea and what the continued Alliance has yielded must continue to be told through the eyes of those who served there, many of whom have not seen Korea in decades.  The Korea Defense Veterans who served since the signing of the Armistice are a continuously growing number with every generation of the Alliance reflecting continued service on the Korean Peninsula.  The feedback from the Korea Defense Veterans who participated in this highly successful pilot program was overwhelmingly positive and sets the course for our future.

둘째, 교육 및 지원활동 분야에서는 현세대의 주한미군  예비역 장병들이 들이 활발히 한미동맹을 위해 헌신하는 한국에서 지원활동을 늘리기 위한 전략적 노력이 좋은 성과를 거두고 있습니다. KDVA 한국지부의 노력으로 교육과 봉사활동은 매우 생산적일 수 있게 되었습니다. 한국지부의 훌륭한 노력에감사드립니다. 이 교육 및 봉사영역은 우리의 사고리더십노력 또한 포함합니다. KDVA는 점점 더 주요 사고리더십단체들과 유력한 파트너가 되고 있으며 학자, 실무자 및 전문가들을 성공적으로 초빙하고 있습니다. KDVA는 한미동맹재단(KUSAF)과 국가보훈처(MPVA)와 함께 매우 성공적인 동맹평화컨퍼런스(APC)를 개최하였습니다. 첫번째는 2021년 7월 워싱턴DC에서 열렸습니다. 두번째는 2021년 11월 서울에서 열렸습니다. 세번째이자 마지막 회의는 2021년 12월 하와이에서 열렸습니다. 각 회의에서는 동맹에 대한 일련의 핵심변화사항과 평화조건을 달성하기 위한 노력을 강조했습니다. 콘퍼런스는 참석률이 높았고 모두 물리적참여와 가상참여의 혼합형식을 따랐습니다. 또한 모두 강력한 찬사를 받았습니다. 동맹평화회의는 그해의 가장 큰 행사였지만 교육과 지원활동분야에서유일한행사는 아니었습니다. 우리는 18개의 웨비나/이벤트를 진행했는데, 6개는KDVA가 주도하는 이벤트였고 12개는KUSAF를 포함한 파트너들과 함께 진행했습니다. 또한, 우리는 2021년에 동맹에 대한 직접적인 시각을 제공하고 동맹에 대한 이해를 더욱 명확히하는 세개의 시리즈를 활성화했습니다. 이 시리즈들은 현재 기록보관소에 10편의사연과 1편의 영상인터뷰를 담고있는 “한국에서의 복무로부터배운것” 시리즈와 Alliance 101 시리즈, Korea 101 시리즈였습니다. 이러한 저희의 진취성은 좋은 평가를 받았고, 저희가 봉사하는 동맹에 대한 이해를 넓힐수있었습니다. KDVA는미국과한국의안보구조에서현정부관료들에게고위층의접근을계속누리고있습니다. 마지막으로, KDVA는MPVA와협력하여, 세계수준의 Revisit Korea 프로그램에참가할첫번째한국방위군참전용사를선발했다. 이는한국을여행할수있는한국전참전용사의인구가줄어들고있다는것을인식하고있는이프로그램의역사적인이정표였지만, 수십년동안한국을보지못했던많은이들이그곳에서복무한사람들의눈을통해한국에대한이야기와지속적인동맹이만들어낸것이무엇인지계속전해져야합니다. 정전협정체결이후복무한한국군참전용사는한반도에서의지속적복무가반영될정도로동맹의세대마다지속적으로 증가하고있다. 매우 성공적인 시범프로그램에 참여한 한국방어재향군인들의 피드백은 압도적으로 긍정적이고 우리의 미래를 향한 진로를 설정하고 있습니다.

In the third line of effort, focused on the KDVA organization, we made important changes, beginning with my transition with General (Retired) Walter “Skip” Sharp on October 1, 2020 into the Chair and President roles.  Several additional changes have been made in the ensuing time, with General (Retired) Curtis M. Scaparrotti be appointed U.S. Vice Chair, General (Retired) Leem, Ho Young being appointed as the Korea Vice Chair.  We farewelled five of the original board directors who rendered superb service in getting the KDVA started and on a solid footing, namely, Lieutenant Generals David Valcourt, Bernard Champoux, and John “JD” Johnson, and Command Sergeants Major Robert Winzenried and Troy Welch.  Joining the board as new directors on December 1, 2021 are Lieutenant General (Retired) Michael Bills and Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Steven Payton.  Within the executive office of the KDVA we farewelled our initial Executive Director, Colonel (Retired) Doug Morrison, who did a superb job of building the financial and corporate organs of the KDVA from the beginning and kept us in excellent financial and governance health.  His duties were absorbed into expanded roles for the Senior Vice President of Operations, Colonel (Retired) Steve Lee, and for the Executive Assistant to the KDVA President, Ms. Earlene Hollerith.  Lastly, the structured resourcing of the Korea Chapter, under the leadership of Major General (Retired) Lee, Seo-Young as President, with office space and a stable budget, have accelerated the impact of the Korea Chapter and set the example for the second chapter that was activated in Hawaii during the third Alliance Peace Conference, and led by Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Rich Lencz as President.  These changes put the KDVA on a new threshold for expanding and advancing the Association.  We are fortunate to attract superb talent among the population of our members to serve in leadership positions.

세번째 활동으로서, 2020년 10월 1일부터,우리는 월터 “Skip” 샤프 (예) 대장 님이 이사장 및 회장직을 맡게 된 것을시작으로 KDVA라는 단체에 주력하여,우리는 몇 가지 중요한 변화사항이 있었습니다. 커티스 M. 스캐퍼로티 (예)대장님이 미국 부회장으로 임명되었으며 임호영 (예)대장님은 한국 부회장 으로 임명됨으로서 몇 가지 연이은 변화가 일어났습니다. 우리는 주한미군전우회(KDVA)가 임무를 시작하고 기반을 다지는데 많은 도움을 주셨던 기존의 5명의 임원진들인,데이비드 벨코트 중장님,베나르드 샴푸 중장님, 존 “JD” 존슨 중장님그리고 로버트 빈젠리드 주임원사님,트로이 웰치 주임원사님들께 작별을 고하였습니다. 2021년 12월 1일 부로 마이클 빌스 (예)중장님과 스티븐 페이튼 (예)주임원사님께서 신임 임원진으로 합류하셨습니다.주한미군전우회(KDVA) 사무국에서는 창립 초기부터 주한미군전우회(KDVA)의 내부 조직과 회계를 구축하고, 전우회가 최상의 관리 및 재정 건전성을 유지하는데 있어 뛰어난 성과를 보여주셨던 초기 사무국장이신 더그 모리슨 (예)대령님도 환송하였습니다. 그의 업무는 운영부 선임 부회장님이신 스티브 리 (예)대령님과 전우회 회장님의 사무 보좌관 이신 얼린 홀러리스 보좌관님의 확장된 업무로서 인수되었습니다. 마지막으로,한국 지부의 조직화된 재원조달은 한국지부 회장이신 이서영 (예)소장님의 리더십 아래, 사무실 공간과 안정된 예산을 갖추고 한국 지부의 영향력을 촉진시켰습니다. 또한 한국지부는3차 한미동맹 평화 컨퍼런스 기간동안 하와이에서 리치 렌즈 (예)중장님이 회장이 되어 하와이에서 활동을 시작한 두번째 지부를 위한 모범을 보이셨습니다. 이러한 변화들로 주한미군전우회(KDVA)는 더욱 성장하고 나아가기 위한 새로운 출발점에 서게되었습니다. 전우회 회원들 가운데 뛰어난 인재들을 지도부와 주요 요직에 모시게 된 것을 크나큰 행운입니다. 


Where will we go together in 2022?

2022년우리는어디로같이갈것인가?

We operated at a brisk pace in 2021.  The pace needs to be adjusted.  In conversation with Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Admiral (Retired) Hwang, Ki-chul, and with President of Korea-US Alliance Foundation, General (Retired) Jung, Seung Jo, we will adjust the number of events in 2022.  There will be two major conferences: one in Washington, DC and one in Seoul.  There will be, for the first time, a bi-ennial KDVA members reunion.  KDVA will host four webinars and will partner with other organizations to participate in four webinars hosted by them.  We will build on the successful pilot program for Revisit Korea including Korea Defense Veterans, increasing participation in 2022 to two groups of 25 or a total of 50 Korea Defense Veterans returning to Korea as guests of the Korean government.  We will continue our social media push to find more Veterans, gain their interest in membership, and to inform a much larger population about the Alliance.  We will continue our efforts to advance the structure of our organization, with local chapters and virtual common interest groups as well as further adjustments to the board of directors, maturing the KDVA as we enter our fifth year of existence.

우리는 2021년에는 매우 빠른 속도로 업무를 추진하였습니다.이러한 속도는 조정되어야합니다.대한민국 국가보훈처장인 황기철 (예) 제독님과 한미동맹재단의 정승조 (예) 대장님과의 대화에서,우리는 2022년 행사의 횟수를 조정할 것입니다.가장크게는 두 가지 주요 컨퍼런스가 개최될 것이며 한번은 워싱턴 DC에서나머지 한번은 서울에서 개최될 것입니다. 최초로 전우회회원들의 모임이 격년제로 열릴 것입니다.전우회는 4개의 웨비나를 개최할 것이며 기타 기관들에 의해 개최되는 4개의 웨비나에 참여하기 위해 그들과 파트너십을 맺을 것입니다.우리는 한국에서 복무했던 퇴역군인들을 포함하여.대한민국 정부의 객원으로서 대한민국에 방문하는 25명으로 이루어진 두 그룹 혹은 50명의 단일그룹으로 참여율을 증가시킬 성공적인 대한민국 재방문 시범 프로그램을 구축할 것입니다.우리는 더 많은 퇴역군인들을 찾고,회원가입을 위한 그들의 관심을 얻으며 훨씬더 많은 한미동맹관련 인사들에게 영향을주기위해 소셜미디어를 통한 지속적인 노력을 기울일 것 입니다.또한 우리 전우회의 발전을 위한 노력을 전우회 지부 및 동호회와 더불어임원진들의 적응과 함께 지속해 나갈것이며 전우회의 창립 5년차를 더욱 성숙하게 만들 것입니다

Reviewing the four guiding priorities I published on October 1, 2020, I have chosen to keep these unchanged as we enter 2022.  However, to focus our actions on specific goals to be attained in 2022, I have established four lines of effort and the desired outcomes to be achieved by the end of 2022.  They are:

제가 2020년 10월 1일에 게재했던 4가지 우선지침을 재검토 해볼 때,저는 2022년에도 이러한 것들을 바꾸지 않기로 결정했습니다.하지만,저는 2022년에 달성할 구체적인 목표에 대한 행동에 집중하기 위해노력할 4가지 방침과 2022년 말에 성취하였을 때 요망되는 결과를 정립하였습니다. 4가지 방침은 다음과 같습니다:

KDVA Membership Growth (main effort).  Double 2021 KDVA membership in 2022.

KDVA 회원수 유치 (주요 활동). 2021년의 두 배로 유치

  • 4,580 regular members by Dec 1, 2022.
  • Maintain rate of increase of minimum 45% year to year.
  • 2022년 12월 1일까지 4,580명의 정회원 확보.
  • 연간 최소 45% 증가율 확보.
KDVA Education and Outreach (supporting effort).  Sustain the quality of KDVA events, and network of partners

주한미군 전우회(KDVA) (부수적 활동). 전우회 행사와 파트너십 관계의 질적 유지

  • Implement 2022 theme “We are the Alliance.”
  • Send two groups of 25 KDVA members on Revisit Korea program.
  • Amplify and lead public communications of “U.S.-ROK Alliance Day.”
  • Add new partners, sponsors, and donors.
  • Expand “From My Service in Korea, I Learned …” series.
  • Maintain access to current Alliance military and civilian leaders.
  • Decrease number of KDVA events and maintain close cooperation with KUSAF and MPVA to comprise full set of events (4 partnered webinars and 4 KDVA-led webinars).
  • 2022년 “우리가 한미동맹이다” 테마 시행.
  • 대한민국 재방문 프로그램에 25명의 전우회 회원으로 구성된 두 그룹을 파견.
  • “한미동맹의 날” 홍보활동 선도 및 확대.
  • 새로운 파트너,후원자 및 기부자들 확보.
  • “대한민국 복무경험으로 부터 제가 배운건.”시리즈 확편.
  • 현역 한미동맹 지휘관들과 민간인 고위층들과의 연락망 유지.
  • 전우회 행사 빈도 축소와 일관성 있는 행사를 구성하기 위해 한미동맹재단 및 국가보훈처와 밀접하게 협력(4개의 파트너 기관 주최 웨비나와 4개의 전우회 주도 웨비나.)
Connect Korea Defense Veterans, worldwide (supporting effort).  KDVA is known among Korea Defense Veterans, and is viewed as the best way to connect.

대한민국에서 복무한 퇴역군인들을 전세계적으로 연결 (부수적인 활동). 전우회는 대한민국에서 복무했던 퇴역군인들을 연결해줄 최고의 기관으로 알려져있음.

  • Find and connect Korea Defense Veterans through active communication efforts.
  • Fully establish KDVA Hawaii Chapter, activate 1 additional chapter, and 3 Common Interest Groups.
  • Establish the biennial Korea Defense Veterans Reunion.
  • Increase investment in our internal and external communications interfaces to accelerate the connections among Veterans.
  • 활발한 소통 활동을 통해 대한민국에서 복무했던 퇴역군인들을 연결.
  • 전우회 하와이 지부 설립 완료,지부 1 곳을 추가 설립 및 3개의 동호회 운영.
  • 격년제 퇴역군인 모임 설립.
  • 퇴역군인(참전용사)들 간의 소통을 촉진하기 위한 소통 인터페이스 투자 증대.
KDVA Organization (supporting effort).  KDVA is internally refreshed, ready to grow in reach and impact; and is externally clearly recognized.

주한미군전우회 조직구성 (부수적인 활동).전우회는 내부적으로 혁신을 이루며,성장할 준비가 되어있고 대외적으로 명성이 있음과 동시에 영향력을 주는 기관

  • Continue to refresh Board of Directors, increasing diversity (service, gender, especially).
  • Set conditions for 2 additional KDVA Chapters and 2 more Common Interest Groups in 2023.
  • 다양성(특히 업무와 성별에 대한)을 증대하여 임원진의 혁신을 지속.
  • 2023년 전우회 지부 2곳과 2개의 동호회를 추가로 설립하기 위한 여건 조성.

Let me close by saying thank you to our members, to KUSAF, to MPVA, to all donors and sponsors, to our partners, to our volunteers, to our board of directors and our council of advisors, and to our executive staff.  2021 was a strong year for KDVA, and I am honored and humbled to lead us into 2022.  I look forward to seeing what we will accomplish, “Together for the Alliance!”

이상으로 우리 회원들과 한미동맹재단,대한민국 국가보훈처,모든 기부자들,후원자들, 협력기관들,자원봉사자들,우리 임원진들과 자문위원회 그리고 사무국 직원들에게 감사의 인사를 전하며 마무리 하겠습니다. 2021년은 주한미군전우회에게 강렬한 한 해였으며 이 기관을 2022년에도 이끌게 될 것을 저는 매우 영광으로 생각하며 한편 겸손하게 받아들이고자 합니다. “함께해요, 위대한 한미동맹을 위하여!”

Vincent K. Brooks

General, U.S. Army (Retired)

Chair & President

Korea Defense Veterans Association

빈센트 K. 브룩스

예비역 육군 대장

이사장 겸 회장

주한미군전우회

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Yonhap – S. Korea, U.S., Japan in talks over possible three-way defense ministerial talks

SEOUL, Dec. 28 (Yonhap) — South Korea, the United States and Japan are in consultations over the possibility of the countries holding trilateral defense ministerial talks, Seoul’s defense ministry said Tuesday.

Boo Seung-chan, the ministry’s spokesperson, made the remarks following a report by the Japanese broadcaster NHK that the countries are coordinating over the idea of holding the talks among Seoul’s Defense Minister Suh Wook and his U.S. and Japanese counterparts, Lloyd Austin and Nobuo Kishi, respectively, in Hawaii in mid-January.

“Regarding the issue of holding the trilateral defense ministers’ meeting, we are currently in consultations with the related countries,” Boo told a regular press briefing.

This file photo shows Boo Seung-chan, spokesperson of South Koera's defense ministry, speaking during a press briefing at the ministry in Seoul. (Yonhap)

This file photo shows Boo Seung-chan, spokesperson of South Koera’s defense ministry, speaking during a press briefing at the ministry in Seoul. (Yonhap)

Boo pointed out that through their annual Security Consultative Meeting in Seoul earlier this month and other high-level talks, Seoul and Washington shared the understanding that the allies will seek to hold the three-way defense ministerial talks with Japan at an early date.

The three countries last held a trilateral defense ministerial meeting on the margins of security talks involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bangkok in November 2019.

The envisioned trilateral session, if held, would come at a time when Washington is striving to rally its allies and partner countries to counter China’s assertiveness amid an intensifying great-power rivalry on multiple fronts, including technology, security and trade.

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Article: https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20211228004100325?section=national/defense

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