Category North Korea

Defense Strategy And The Iron Triangle Of Painful Tradeoffs

Excerpts: unavoidable iron triangle of painful tradeoffs (hereafter ITPT)   A defense strategy is an approach that ties together the goals, approaches, and resources (people, technology, dollars, etc.) that can best advance priority interests by exploiting opportunities and overcoming challenges. It must account for, and in some cases seek to shape, a complex and dynamic […]

Authorization For The Use Of Military Force Options

Authorization For The Use Of Military Force Options By Divergent Options, View Original June 22nd, 2017 Silence Dogood has a background in defense issues and experience working in Congress.  Divergent Options’ content does not contain information of an official nature nor does the content represent the official position of any government, any organization, or any group.  […]

Sounding The Warning: DoD Report Examines The Growing Security Challenge From China

Sounding The Warning: DoD Report Examines The Growing Security Challenge From China · by Dean Cheng Report Defense June 21, 2017 4 min read Download Report Dean Cheng Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center Dean brings knowledge of China’s military and space capabilities as a research fellow on Chinese political and security affairs. Summary The annual Department of Defense […]

North Korea: Stark Limits To U.S.-Chinese Cooperation

North Korea: Stark Limits To U.S.-Chinese Cooperation · June 20, 2017 June 20, 2017 | Thomas Cynkin Thomas Cynkin Vice President, Daniel Morgan Academy Upon coming into office, the Trump Administration quickly came to the correct conclusion that the Obama Administration’s policy of “strategic patience” toward North Korea was really “strategic neglect.” Secretary of State Tillerson in […]

Can China Actually Restrain Kim Jong-Un?

David Maxwell’s answer  is highlighted in blue below.  RCP David Maxwell:  Short and long answer: No and nope. Can China Actually Restrain Kim Jong-Un? · June 20, 2017 June 20, 2017 | Will Edwards Photo: On June 21, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will meet with their Chinese counterparts, State […]

BREAKING NEWS: Otto Warmbier, 22yr. Old UVA Student & Hostage Of North Korea Dies Six Days After Being Brought Back To The U.S. From Pyongyang

Numerous media outlets are reporting that University of Virginia student, American Otto Warmbier has died, just six days after being ‘released’ by North Korea after being taken hostage by the despotic regime of Kim Jung-Un. It may be a bridge too far; and, I defer to David Maxwell and other Korea experts — but, one […]

Russia Threatens To Treat U.S. Coalition Aircraft As Targets Over Syria

We are still paying for the sins of the Obama national security team and its failure to adequately confront Russia and China.  As a result, we have emboldened a despot in Moscow; and, aided the hawks in Beijing who want to push the U.S. out of the South China Sea and away from the disputed […]

A North Korean Mystery: Where Did Its Rockets And Missiles Come From?

Excerpt: North Korea has shown itself to be a canny state that can get what it wants, whether by pressing its citizens to the maximum or by utilizing a carefully cultivated network of overseas contacts to surreptitiously import banned weapons—all with the goal, of course, of ensuring the regime’s survival. The presence of advanced weapons […]

South Korea May Consult With U.S. About Scaling Back Joint Exercises If North Korea Suspends Nuclear Activities: Adviser

David Maxwell’s comments are highlighted in blue below; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP,   David Maxwell:  When talking about scaling back or canceling ROK/US Alliance exercises we should consider why we have exercises in the first place.  The obvious reason is that training and readiness are perishable […]

How U.S., South Korean Special Ops Would Join Forces In A New Korean War

How U.S., South Korean Special Ops Would Join Forces In A New Korean War · June 18, 2017 June 18, 2017 | COL David Maxwell Col David Maxwell Associate Director, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University Tensions are rising on the Korean Peninsula. There is fear that the Korean War could restart, since there has only been […]