Yonhap – S. Korea, U.S. begin preparatory drills ahead of major combined training

SEOUL, April 12 (Yonhap) — South Korea and the United States kicked off preliminary military drills on Tuesday ahead of their major springtime combined training later this month, Seoul officials said.

The allies began the four-day South Korea-led crisis management staff training (CMST) in the run-up to their command post training (CCPT) set to run from next Monday through April 28, according to the officials.

Led by South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CMST is designed to practice a set of procedures to respond to possible pre-war crisis scenarios. The CCPT is a computer simulation training based on the allies’ wartime contingency plans.

Observers said that the allies could consider staging field training as well amid concerns that North Korea could engage in provocative acts, such as the launch of another intercontinental ballistic missile or a nuclear test, in time for its major political events later this month.

The North is set to celebrate the 110th birth anniversary of its late founding leader Kim Il-sung on Friday and the founding anniversary of the North Korean People’s Revolutionary Army on April 25.

The springtime training was initially planned for March but has been postponed to April due to last month’s presidential election, the COVID-19 pandemic and other reasons.

This photo, taken on March 22, 2022, shows the national flags of South Korea and the United States at a military training site in Pocheon, 45 kilometers north of Seoul. (Yonhap)

This photo, taken on March 22, 2022, shows the national flags of South Korea and the United States at a military training site in Pocheon, 45 kilometers north of Seoul. (Yonhap)


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Yonhap – USFK calls THAAD ‘safe, reliable’ system amid renewed political debate

By Song Sang-ho

SEOUL, Feb. 4 (Yonhap) — The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Friday its THAAD anti-missile system installed in South Korea is a “safe and reliable” asset, as a political debate has been rekindled here over the ideologically sensitive matter in the run-up to the March 9 presidential election.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system has emerged as a hot-button issue during the election season, as Yoon Suk-yeol, the presidential candidate of the conservative main opposition People Power Party, pledged to push for “additional THAAD deployment” in a Facebook post on Sunday in the wake of North Korea’s missile test binge.

A THAAD battery was first deployed to the southeastern county of Seongju in 2017. It has since been in the status of “temporary installation” pending South Korea’s environmental impact assessment.

“As agreed upon during the 53rd Security Consultative Meeting, both the ROK and U.S. committed to continuing close cooperation regarding THAAD — a safe and reliable defensive system that enables USFK to fulfill its obligation to protect and defend the ROK against any threat or adversary,” USFK spokesperson Col. Lee Peters told Yonhap News Agency. ROK stands for South Korea’s official name, the Republic of Korea.

Peters was referring to the defense ministerial talks between the South and the U.S. in Seoul in December, where the two sides reaffirmed their commitment to the stable stationing of the THAAD battery.

The spokesperson also pointed out that “any decision regarding the future employment of THAAD will be a bilaterally agreed upon decision,” apparently reaffirming Washington’s commitment to handling the alliance issue via close coordination with Seoul.

Since its installation in Seongju, Seoul has sought to support the stable stationing of the THAAD battery, but the efforts have been hampered by residents’ protests amid concerns about potential health risks associated with electromagnetic waves from its radar.

Power generators and other heavy equipment are transported to a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) base in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang Province, in this photo taken on April 28, 2021. (Yonhap)

Power generators and other heavy equipment are transported to a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) base in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang Province, in this photo taken on April 28, 2021. (Yonhap)


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Improving U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateral Cooperation in the Era of U.S.-China Competition – Full Article

Download Full Article: Hudson Institute_Yoo Jin Bae_Improving US-ROK-Japan Trilateral Cooperation in the Era of U.S.-China Competition

By Yoo Jin Bae

Executive Summary

This paper analyzes why U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation is essential considering intensifying U.S.-China strategic competition and what can be done to improve the trilateral ties and cooperation.

Main Argument

As a bipartisan policy community within the United States seeks to curb China’s expansionist policy and increasing assertiveness, the U.S.-China rivalry is becoming a serious, long-term competition. Under these circumstances, uncertainties and risks are rising in the regional security environment and U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation to cope with these regional challenges has become even more important. However, the exacerbation in South Korea-Japan relations and the differences in dealing with China are hindering the deepening of trilateral cooperation. The following cooperative efforts are needed to manage common threats and interests, repair South Korea-Japan relations, and overcome the differences regarding China.

Policy Recommendations

• Pursuing diplomatic and security cooperation to deal with common security threats in and around the Korean Peninsula, Taiwan Strait, and the South China Sea. This may include efforts like (1) the expansion of U.S.-ROK, U.S.-Japan, and U.S.-ROK-Japan joint military exercises, (2) detailed contingency planning, and (3) release of joint statements to discourage violation of international norms, rules, and principles.

• Combining U.S.-South Korea and U.S.-Japan bilateral cooperation for developing high technology in fields like 5G networks, AI, biotechnology, and quantum technology. This should include not only joint development of technology, but also the creation of an institution to promote cooperation and endeavor to prevent attempts to steal technology.

• Comprehensive efforts to promote mutual understanding, build trust, and coordinate policy between Seoul and Tokyo. This may include resuming shuttle diplomacy, conducting seminars and events featuring the history of pre-1945 animosity as well as post-1965 cooperation, encouraging cultural and human exchanges, and institutionalizing a U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateral mechanism to prevent escalation of conflicts and use of coercive diplomacy.

• Endeavors to reduce differences over China like having in-depth discussions regarding China and its strategy and tactics, and joint efforts to be prepared for China’s possible attempts to drive a wedge into the trilateral ties.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

II. Why Trilateral Cooperation Matters in the Era of Intensifying U.S.-China    


          1. The Rise of China and Its Growing Assertiveness

          2. Changes in the U.S. Policy Toward China and Intensifying U.S.

              China Rivalry

          3. Growing Need for U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateral Cooperation under

              U.S. China Competition

III. Challenges of U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateral Cooperation

          1. Deterioration of South Korea-Japan Relations

          2. Gaps in Perceptions and Stance Toward China

IV. Policy Recommendations: Ways to Improve the Trilateral Cooperation

          1. Pursuing and Expanding Trilateral Cooperation Based on


          2. Reducing Differences and Dissonance


I. Introduction

Since President Biden’s inauguration in January 2021, the Biden administration has constantly highlighted the importance of strengthening relationships with U.S. allies and partners. In particular, the administration has demonstrated great enthusiasm for the trilateral cooperation among the United States, South Korea, and Japan.

The two U.S. allies, South Korea and Japan, also agreed with the United States on the necessity of trilateral cooperation. On April 2, national security advisors from the three countries gathered together at the United States Naval Academy and “reaffirmed their steadfast commitment to working together to protect and advance their shared security goals,” after discussing the United States’ review of North Korea policy and “issues of common concerns including Indo Pacific security.”1 Then, on April 16, along with mentioning the significance of the Quad and support for “ASEAN’s unity and centrality” in the Indo Pacific, the leaders of the United States and Japan “concurred that trilateral cooperation with the Republic of Korea is essential to our shared security and prosperity.”2 About a month later, on May 21, the leaders of the United States and South Korea emphasized “the fundamental importance of U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation for addressing the DPRK, protecting our shared security and prosperity, upholding common values, and bolstering the rules-based order.”3 On November 17, the three countries “reaffirmed that trilateral cooperation between the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan is essential to tackling the most pressing challenges of the 21st Century in the region and across the globe,” and they highlighted “the importance of cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, including through multilateral partnerships that advance our shared prosperity, security, and values” and “the centrality of ASEAN to the architecture of the Indo- Pacific and the critical role” it plays in protecting the rules-based international order.4

Notably, the three countries promised to broaden and expand the regional scope and fields of cooperation for U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation, which have over the past three decades focused mainly on tackling the North Korean nuclear threat. However, despite these continued declarations, trilateral cooperation remains under-developed. Notwithstanding South Korea and Japan’s agreement on the so-called “comfort women” issue in December 2015 and the conclusion of a General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) in November 2016, trilateral cooperation has barely made any progress in recent years.

This paper will discuss why U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation matters and ways to improve it. First, it analyzes recent U.S.-China competition to explain the context for why strengthening trilateral cooperation has become so important. Then the paper delves into what hinders the strengthening of trilateral cooperation. Finally, the essay discusses measures the three countries should take to enhance trilateral cooperation.

Editor’s Note:  The complete article is posted in the KDVA Digital Library at:  https://kdva.vet/digital-library/.

1 The White House. United States-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral National Security Advisors’ Press Statement. April 2, 2021, https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/04/02/united-states-japan-republic-of-korea-trilateral-national-security-advisors-press-statement/ (accessed June 15, 2021)

2 The White House. U.S.-Japan Joint Leaders’ Statement: “U.S.-JAPAN GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR A NEW ERA” April 16, 2021, https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/04/16/u-s-japan-joint-leaders-statement-u-s-japan-global-partnership-for-a-new-era/ (accessed June 2, 2021)

3 The White House. U.S.-ROK Leaders’ Joint Statement. May 21, 2021, https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/05/21/u-s-rok-leaders-joint-statement/ (accessed June 2, 2021)

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Yonhap – N. Korean threat persists amid continued pursuit of weapons: USFK commander

By Byun Duk-kun

WASHINGTON, March 10 (Yonhap) — North Korea continues to pose a serious threat to the United States and its ally South Korea as Pyongyang pursues a nuclear arsenal and other weapons of mass destruction, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Wednesday.

Gen. Robert Abrams also said U.S. forces in Korea stand ready to defend South Korea from any threat.

“There have been no intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) or nuclear tests since 2017, all to say that the chance of miscalculation or mistake continues to be low, and armistice conditions continue to remain steady,” the USFK commander told the House Armed Services Committee in a statement submitted prior to a hearing on the U.S. defense posture in the Indo-Pacific region.

“However, the threat from North Korea persists,” the Army general said.

The captured image from the website of the House of Representatives shows Gen. Robert Abrams, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, testifying in a House Armed Services Committee hearing held in Washington on March 10, 2021. The USFK chief joined the committee hearing via a video link. (Yonhap)

The captured image from the website of the House of Representatives shows Gen. Robert Abrams, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, testifying in a House Armed Services Committee hearing held in Washington on March 10, 2021. The USFK chief joined the committee hearing via a video link. (Yonhap)

The assessment was reiterated by David Helvey, acting assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific affairs.

“North Korea’s continued pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs constitutes an extraordinary threat to the United States and our allies and partners in the region,” he told the lawmakers.

North Korea has maintained a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile testing since November 2017, but leader Kim Jong-un has said he no longer feels bound by the self-imposed restrictions.

Abrams said the North has continued to develop its nuclear and long-range missile capabilities despite the moratorium on testing.

“We have seen no indication to suggest the North Korean regime has taken any action toward denuclearization. North Korea also continues to exhibit the potential for new capabilities, most recently during the military parade in recognition of the 8th Party Congress in January 2021,” he said.

North Korea unveiled a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile in that parade, along with a new “solid-propellant” ballistic missile.

Abrams, however, noted that what was showcased might not reflect the regime’s actual capabilities.

“There remains a significant gap, however, between asserting North Korea possesses the ‘most powerful weapon’ and certifying they possess not only the actual weapons but also a platform capable of successfully delivering it,” he wrote.

Abrams said the Combined Forces Command of South Korea and the United States remains fully ready to counter any aggression from North Korea.

“CFC, the operational warfighting command of the U.S.-ROK alliance, is fully capable of responding to a crisis and defeating any adversary that threatens the ROK,” he said, referring to South Korea by its official name, the Republic of Korea.

He noted the allies had adjusted their joint training exercises over the past few years to provide room for diplomacy toward the denuclearization of North Korea.

“These modifications have not stopped our training, with USFK and its component commands executing 86 percent of our total planned training events over the last two calendar years,” said Abrams.

Wednesday’s hearing, the first of its kind since President Joe Biden took office on Jan. 20, was also attended by Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. It comes amid an ongoing global defense posture review by the Department of Defense.


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Yonhap – U.S. reaches consensus on new ‘six-year’ SMA with S. Korea: State Dept. spokesman

By Byun Duk-kun

WASHINGTON, March 8 (Yonhap) — The new defense cost-sharing agreement between South Korea and the United States will be effective for six years if signed, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department said Monday.

The first detail of the agreement came one day after the countries said they have reached a consensus on the agreement that will set South Korea’s share of the burden in maintaining U.S. troops on the Korean Peninsula.

“The United States and Republic of Korea negotiators did reach a consensus on a proposed text of a new six-year Special Measures Agreement or SMA, that will strengthen our alliance and our shared defense,” department spokesman Ned Price told a daily press briefing.

The countries earlier refused to release any details of the proposed agreement, saying it must first undergo internal reviews by their respective governments.

The new SMA, if signed, will be the 11th of its kind. The allies usually renew the agreement every five years, but the last SMA expired at the end of 2019.

“The United States and the Republic of Korea together, we’re now pushing final steps needed to conclude the agreement for signature and for entry into force,” Price said, referring to South Korea by its official name.

The captured image from the website of the U.S. State Department shows department spokesman Ned Price answering questions in a daily press briefing at the State Department in Washington on March 8, 2021. (Yonhap)

The captured image from the website of the U.S. State Department shows department spokesman Ned Price answering questions in a daily press briefing at the State Department in Washington on March 8, 2021. (Yonhap)

The department spokesman did not provide any other details, but said the Biden administration is unlikely to have made unreasonable demands.

“I would say that the South Koreans are our allies. So in the context of a relationship with a close ally, with a treaty ally like South Korea, I don’t think the United States would make demands, and certainly I don’t think that would help strengthen the underlying alliance,” he said when asked if the new U.S. administration made less harsh demands than those of the former Trump administration.

The negotiations for a new SMA began before the last agreement expired at the end of 2019, but the countries have been unable to reach an agreement due to a large difference over Seoul’s share of the burden in the cost to upkeep some 28,500 U.S. forces in South Korea.

The countries’ negotiators had reached agreement on a 13-percent increase in Seoul’s contribution but it was rejected by then-President Donald Trump, who had initially demanded Seoul pay US$5 billion a year, up more than five times the $870 million Seoul paid in 2019.

Price said the new administration has engaged with South Korea in “good faith.”

“I think you will be hearing more about them, and I imagine the details of this you will soon learn to be an agreement that benefits both sides,” he told the press briefing.

His remarks came hours after Seoul’s top negotiator in SMA talks, Jeong Eun-bo, said the deal reached in Washington on Sunday, will be an agreement “that is reasonable, fair and acceptable to both sides.”


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Yonhap -USFK live-fire exercise suspended amid residents’ complaints

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) — A planned live-fire exercise involving Apache attack helicopters of the U.S. Forces Korea has been suspended following noise and other complaints from residents near the firing range in the southeastern city of Pohang, officials said.

The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission said the drill, which had been scheduled to begin on Tuesday and continue until next month, will be suspended while a mediation procedure is under way with residents near the Suseong firing range in Pohang.

“As the live-fire drill cannot be suspended for a long time, we expect the commission’s prompt and reasonable mediation,” defense ministry spokesperson Boo Seung-chan said during a regular press briefing.

Earlier, some 2,800 residents living near the range filed a petition with the agency calling for the cancellation of the exercise and closure of the facility, citing noise and vibration caused by the exercise.

A group of residents shoulders a wooden bier to carry a simulated coffin for the defense minister during a rally in front of an Apache helicopter firing range in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, southeastern South Korea, on Feb. 4, 2021, calling for the closure of the live-fire firing site of the U.S. Forces Korea. (Yonhap)

A group of residents shoulders a wooden bier to carry a simulated coffin for the defense minister during a rally in front of an Apache helicopter firing range in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, southeastern South Korea, on Feb. 4, 2021, calling for the closure of the live-fire firing site of the U.S. Forces Korea. (Yonhap)

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Washington Post – Trump administration launches rewards program targeting North Korea and China

Dec. 1, 2020 at 11:49 a.m. EST

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced a $5 million reward for tips on sanctions-busting activities that allow North Korea to continue developing nuclear weapons and accused China of facilitating the illicit trade.

The leads are being solicited through a new State Department website, dprkrewards.com. The targeted activities it lists include money laundering, the export of luxury goods to North Korea, cyberoperations and other actions that support the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

“I assure you, many of the tips we receive through this program will directly implicate that trade,” Alex Wong, the State Department’s deputy envoy for North Korea, said in a virtual speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Wong warned that the United States will impose more sanctions related to North Korea in the two months remaining before the Trump administration ends, including penalties on people and entities in China that facilitate illicit trade.

“We’ve imposed numerous such sanctions designations in the past,” Wong said. “And more are forthcoming.”

Wong accused China of a “flagrant violation” of its obligation to enforce international sanctions on North Korea.

The rewards program underscores how even in its waning days, the Trump administration is doubling down on its relentless “maximum pressure” campaigns against countries it considers its chief nemeses. Although the sanctions campaigns have hampered the economies of the targeted countries, none has succeeded in dislodging the regimes or making them change their authoritarian behavior, the stated aim.

Tensions have ratcheted up recently with Iran, which blames Israel and the United States for the assassination of its foremost nuclear scientist. China bristles every time Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lambastes Beijing for the global coronavirus pandemic, which he calls “the virus from Wuhan.” And on Monday, the administration imposed sanctions on a Chinese electronics firm it said had supported Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s efforts to undermine democracy.

With the impending sanctions against the North Korean regime, the administration is elevating tensions with another international hot spot, creating potential problems that will be waiting for President-elect Joe Biden when he takes office next month.

North Korea’s economy has been strangled through sanctions the U.N. Security Council has put in place since 2006.

“The biggest obstacle to an economically strong North Korea is the regime’s programs to build nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the means to deliver those weapons around the globe,” Wong said.

He expressed U.S. “disappointment” at a military parade in Pyongyang on Oct. 10 that featured a new intercontinental ballistic missile and showed off an array of modernized military systems, from small arms to antitank and air-defense systems.

Repeatedly singling out China in his remarks, Wong accused Beijing of helping North Korea obtain the money to continue its military buildup and said the United States had documented 555 incidents of ships carrying coal and other banned goods from North Korea to China.

Wong said China is “seeking to undo” U.N. sanctions that are supposed to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Beijing is host to at least 20,000 North Korean laborers whose salaries are funneled to the government in Pyongyang for weapons development. Suggesting a group of potential targets to upcoming U.S. sanctions, Wong said Beijing allows Chinese companies to continue trade in U.N.-prohibited goods including seafood, textiles, iron and steel.

“The DPRK still retains shadowy avenues to procure inputs to its weapons programs,” he said, using the acronym for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“The DPRK cannot do that without middlemen. It cannot do that without illicit bank accounts. It cannot do that without a network of money launderers. The overwhelming number of those middlemen, bank accounts and money launderers operate within the borders of China.”

Article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/us-korea-sanctions-reward-program/2020/12/01/535216b0-33e1-11eb-afe6-e4dbee9689f8_story.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2012.02.20

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Call for Articles!

Submit your articles for KDVA’s 2020 3rd Quarter ROK-U.S. Alliance Journal by June 5. The Journal will be published in early July. 

The digital journal features stories and articles by KDVA members and supporters of the ROK-U.S. Alliance. It allows our members and supporters a way to voice their expertise and opinions that add to discussions about the Alliance.

The journal will go to our members, our partner organizations, potential sponsors, Alliance experts in the ROK and U.S. governments, and U.S. and ROK think tanks.

Submission Guidelines: 

  • Articles must be submitted in English.
  • Topic areas are: 
    • Veterans
    • Security and Strategy
    • Korean and American Culture
    • Serving in Korea
  • Articles should be less than 1,500 words, 1,000 words if submitting photos for your article.
  • If your article is longer, please indicate what parts you would like us to publish and provide a link or contact info where our readers can get the full article or story.
  • If providing photos, please provide photo captions and photo credits. Photos should be sent in separate attachments and be in jpg. or png. format. 


Please send any questions or articles to kdva.journal@gmail.com by June 5. If your articles are selected for publication, we will contact you for further steps.

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Trump reaffirms commitment to N. Korea’s denuclearization

Yonhap News

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (Yonhap) — U.S. President Donald Trump reaffirmed his commitment to achieving North Korea’s denuclearization in a letter to South Korea’s new ambassador to Washington, the South Korean Embassy here said Tuesday.

Trump wrote a note Monday in response to Amb. Lee Soo-hyuck’s letter accompanying his credentials, the embassy said in a press release. Lee presented his credentials to the U.S. president the same day.

“President Trump said Amb. Lee’s appointment demonstrates the resilience of the South Korea-U.S. alliance and takes on significance in various ways,” the embassy said.

Trump hailed the alliance as a “linchpin” of regional peace and security, it said, and noted the development of the bilateral relationship into a global partnership.

“Moreover, he reaffirmed the commitment of South Korea and the U.S. to achieve the joint goal of North Korea’s final, fully verified denuclearization, and expressed hope that South Korea-U.S. economic cooperation relations will deepen with the implementation of the 2019 revised free trade agreement,” the embassy said.

Lee took over as ambassador in October.

He asked Trump during the credentialing ceremony to continue to show leadership on the North Korean nuclear issue and the president said in response that he would do so, the embassy said in an earlier press release.

This photo, provided by the South Korean Embassy in Washington, shows U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and South Korean Ambassador to the U.S. Lee Soo-hyuck at a credentialing ceremony at the White House in Washington on Jan. 6, 2020. (Yonhap)

This photo, provided by the South Korean Embassy in Washington, shows U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and South Korean Ambassador to the U.S. Lee Soo-hyuck at a credentialing ceremony at the White House in Washington on Jan. 6, 2020. (Yonhap)



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KDVA is Hiring! Position: Executive Assistant

The Korea Defense Veterans Association, a nonprofit organization based in northern Virginia, is looking for an experienced, reliable, and task-oriented part-time Executive Assistant. The Executive Assistant will work directly with senior executives and will be responsible for performing a number of administrative duties.  The ideal candidate is highly self-motivated, professional, and capable of managing their work load and prioritizing tasks.  This position is 100% remote with flexible four-hour workdays, Monday-Friday.  This is an excellent opportunity to join a growing organization with competitive compensation.

Main Duties and Responsibilities.

  • Support KDVA executives with administrative support.
  • Manage tasks and deadlines to ensure leaders know important tasks and meet deadlines; provide reminders and follow-up.
  • Coordinate executive communications, including taking calls, responding to emails, drafting letters, and working with KDVA members, partners, supporters, and donors.
  • Prepare internal and external organizational documents.
  • Schedule meetings and appointments.
  • Coordinate and manage travel itineraries.
  • Coordinate and support KDVA events in the Washington, DC area that take place outside of the work place, such as social and professional networking events, fund-raising events, banquets, and professional conference events.
  • Coordinate with the KDVA staff in South Korea to support their activities.
  • Maintain an organized filing system of paper and electronic documents.
  • Attend board meetings and other meetings, and prepare executive summaries and minutes.
  • Coordinate with external vendors (lawyers, accountants, website and social media manager, etc.).
  • Implement processes and policies for efficiency, quality control, and compliance.
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Take on special projects.

Required Skills.

  • Experience as an Executive Assistant reporting directly to senior leaders.
  • Have a support mindset. Understand the work expectations of KDVA’s executives and be committed to making their work more effective.
  • Resourcefulness and adaptability. Find creative solutions; find information and solutions with little direction; and adapt to changing priorities.
  • High work standards. Have good attention to detail and be highly organized.
  • Excellent communication. Have clear, concise, and professional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Initiative and motivation. Be a self-starter; highly responsive with excellent follow-through and follow-up; and work independently.
  • Planning and deadline driven. Plan strategically, prioritize, and organize tasks to achieve objectives.
  • Team-minded. Be friendly, professional, and respectful in working with KDVA teammates.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills, with an ability to become familiar with Member365 programs and software.
  • Have your own reliable computer with web camera and antivirus software, high-speed wireless internet, and smart phone.

Preferred Skills and Experiences.

  • Interest in the ROK-U.S. Alliance and the KDVA mission.
  • Working knowledge of the ROK and U.S. military, foreign policy, corporate, and government or academic communities.
  • Worked or lived in South Korea is desirable but not required.
  • A bachelor’s degree is great but not required if you do amazing work.
  • Accounting skills would be great.
  • Korean speaker is a plus.
  • Department of Defense or Military spouses are encouraged to apply.

Work Hours.

  • Work is 100% remote in a four-hour workday, during core business hours, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. KDVA prefers 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, but it is negotiable.
  • There is some flexibility in work hours as long as deadlines are met.
  • Be available to support occasional special events outside of the work place, such as social and professional networking events, fund-raising events, banquets, and professional conference events.

Location Requirement.

  • Must reside in the Washington, DC metro area – there is no relocation expense.

Compensation Range.

  • The total compensation is $35,000.
  • Fifteen vacation days.
  • KDVA observes all U.S. federal holidays.
  • No other compensation or benefits.

Resumes accepted until 4:00 p.m. EST on January 9, 2020 at:  eaposition.kdva@gmail.com.

The employer does not discriminate against any candidate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, sex, national origin, or veteran status.

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