Recommendations for an Effective Military Strategy
The ROK/US Combined Forces Command (ROK/US) is the warfighting headquarters of the ROK/US Alliance. It answers to the Military Committee which provides strategic direction and operational guidance to the ROK/US CFC and consists of representatives of both nations' National Command and Military Authorities (NCMA) (ROK) and National Authority (NA) (US). The ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) retains command of all ROK forces and when directed by the ROK NCMA provides forces to the ROK/US CFC for employment under its operational control. US Forces Korea (USFK) is a subunifed command of US Pacific Command (PACOM) which is the Combatant Command of the US and PACOM retains combatant command of all US forces in the Korean Theater of Operations with USFK exercising OPCON of US forces for PACOM. USFK provides forces to the ROK/US CFC for employment under its operational control when directed by US National Authority. The United Nations Command (UNC) is responsible for maintaining the Armistice and answers to the US JCS as the designated executive agent for the United Nations. The UNC may also have operational control of international forces from United Nations' sending states should sending states chose to provide forces for the defense of the ROK in accordance with UN Security Council Resolutions 82 through 85 (circa 1950).