Military Operational Variable
North Korea possesses one of the biggest and strongest military’s in the world. Since 1953 when North and South Korea were divided along the 38th parallel, North Korea began to build and increase the size of its military capacity. According to GlobalSecurity.org, North Koreas currently has the 5th biggest army in the world. However, in the current technological day and age where information travels at the speed of light military equipment must be continuously updated and upgraded. If equipment is not maintained current it will become outdated and very maintenance heavy. Furthermore moving a large military like North Koreas takes a great amount of Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricants (POL). Due to the aforementioned reasons North Koreas military is vulnerable creating several targeting opportunities. This essay will recognize military capabilities within North and South Korea and focus on vulnerabilities within the North Korean military. It will also illuminate potential targeting opportunities and the requirements necessary in order to have an effect on North Koreas military operational variable.
Military vulnerabilities and capabilities:
After the split, North Korea began to amass a large military largely due to its relationships with Russia and China. The North Korean military consist of one of the largest Army with over 1.1 million personnel across all services (Ball, 2006). The following few sentences will categorize and provide an overall idea of North Koreas capabilities by branch starting with the Army branch first. Specific number of systems in subsequent sentences and paragraphs were taken from a Military Power Comparison published in an article by Tom Ball in 2006 see Figure A M...
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...wever many of these systems are outdated or obsolete and heavily dependent upon POL and maintenance areas. POL and maintenance area dependency within the military creates vulnerabilities susceptible to Targeting. These vulnerabilities can be exploited to achieve a desired effect. Finally, just because a countries military force is large does not mean it does not have any vulnerability.
Ball, Tom. (2006). U.S. Commits 690,000 U.S. Troops to Korea in Event of War. Daily Kos. Retrieved from: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/10/20/259755/-U-S-Commits-690-000-U-S-Troops-to-Korea-in-Event-of-War#
Operational Environment Assessment: North Korea. (2006). Retrieved from: https://login.us.army.mil/suite/login/fcc/akologin.fcc?
World’s Largest Armies. (n.d.). Global Security.org. Retrieved from: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/armies.htm
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