Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Must Read - Adjusting mindsets on future of alliance command (Korea)
This is a must read editorial. It makes the point on the dreaded "OPCON Transfer" better than I have been able.
His view reminds me of an anecdote. When we were writing the initial CONPLAN 5029 it what was called the "super-combined working group which consisted of ROK and US officers front he Combined Forces Command and ROK officers from the JCS, the working group got off to a rocky start because the first question ROK and US officers wanted to address was "who is in charge?" It was Marine Lt Gen Ray Ayres who was the CJ5 at the time who finally broke the log jam and said look who is in charge and command relationships can be described on one page. Let's work on the other 99 pages (the "How") and then we will sort out command relationships at the end. And that is what we did and that is how we wrote 5029 rather quickly. Park Jin-ho is advocating a similar course of actin, let's drop the terminology of "OPCON Transfer" and determine what the proper military structure is for the Alliance that will achieve our mutual strategic objectives.
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