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December 4, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: The Looming Iran Crisis

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Iran will likely provide an early test for Biden and his national security team.

The Iranian flag flies in front of a nuclear power plant.

October 13, 2020

United States
Happy 245th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 245 years-old today. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike…

Navy

March 31, 2020

South Korea
U.S.-ROK OPCON Transition: The Element of Timing

Determination of the transfer should be driven by a hard, thorough diagnosis of military capabilities against emerging threats.

A member of South Korea Special Warfare Command takes part in a joint military exercise conducted by South Korean and U.S. special forces troops at Gunsan Air Force base in Gunsan, South Korea, on November 14, 2019.

March 31, 2020

South Korea
Let the UN Command Remain a Tool for Korean Peace

The UNC should continue to carry out its unique armistice-management responsibilities following OPCON transfer on the Korean Peninsula.

A South Korean honor guard stands in front of boxes containing the remains of the UNC and ROK soldiers killed in North Korea in the 1950-53 Korean War during the mutual repatriation ceremony of soldiers' remains in Seoul, South Korea on July 13, 2018.

March 20, 2020

South Korea
Military Considerations for OPCON Transfer on the Korean Peninsula

Military considerations, not political aspirations, should guide the transfer. 

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and South Korea's National Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo participate in a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on February 24, 2020.

March 17, 2020

South Korea
The U.S.-ROK Alliance in an Era of Uncertainty: Challenges and Priorities

Strengthening South Korea’s alliance with the United States begins with a return to strong shared values and principles based on the common systems of liberal democracy and market economy.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in visit the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, on June 30, 2019.

March 12, 2020

South Korea
Recommendations for the Future U.S.-South Korea Alliance Command Structure

OPCON transition is a new beginning for combined defense.

The South Korean and American flags fly next to each other at Yongin, South Korea, August 23, 2016.

March 10, 2020

South Korea
The United States and South Korea Are Unprepared for Real Burden-Sharing Negotiations

2020 may prove to be a critical year for the U.S.-South Korea alliance.

James DeHart, senior adviser for security negotiations at the U.S. State Department, speaks after meeting with his South Korean counterpart on the Special Measures Agreement (SMA) in Seoul, South Korea, on November 19, 2019.

March 4, 2020

South Korea
Advancing South Korean Capabilities for the Future: Procurement or Research and Development?

South Korea can use indigenous capabilities to meet many of its goals, but will also need to procure some systems necessary for its self-defense into the future.

Members of U.S. and South Korean Special Forces take part in a joint military exercise conducted at Gunsan Air Force Base in Gunsan, South Korea, on November 12, 2019.

February 24, 2020

South Korea
Don't Gut the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

The OPCON transition plan should be put on the back burner or, better yet, scrapped altogether.

Members of South Korean and U.S. Special Forces enter a CH-47 Chinook during a joint military exercise conducted in Gangwon province, South Korea, on November 7, 2019.