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Monday, June 8, 2009

U.S. Preps for Possible Showdown With North Korea


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via Homeland Security News by national on 6/8/09

The U.S. military is stepping up training and reviewing target sets in case the North Koreans decide to go to war.

As we learned last week, North Korea looks to be prepping for another long-range missile test, and South Korea has reportedly outlined plans to strike back if North Korea targets its warships. The U.S. military is also preparing for the worst; Aviation Week ace reporters Amy Butler and Dave Fulghum have an excellent rundown of stepped-up military preparations in the event North Korea follows through on its belligerent rhetoric.

Fulghum, reporting from Osan Air Base, South Korea, notes that the U.S. Air Force is identifying critical training fixes for close air support and air-to-air combat — two missions that would be critical in the first 72 hours of the fight. He also takes a close look at a first-day-of-the-war mission for joint tactical air controllers: XATK (pronounced "ex-attack"), the mission to destroy long-range, North Korean artillery.

Pyongyang has a lot of artillery tubes and rocket launchers parked north of the DMZ that could wreak havoc on Seoul. Col. Rick Forster, commander of the 607th Air Support Operations Group, tells Fulghum: "We've got a very good idea of where most of their pieces are … We've had 60 years to watch [the emplacement of North Korean artillery] and they can only put them in so many places."

Forster would be the chief air liaison officer in the event of war; it would be his job to help coordinate air strikes before North Korean artillery can concentrating fire on South Korea's capital.

via U.S. Preps for Possible Showdown with Pyongyang | Danger Room | Wired.com.

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