USFK Upgrade Aims Beyond Korea

Jun 2, 2003 | 20:31 GMT


U.S. and South Korean defense officials have announced an $11 billion, three-year force enhancement program for U.S. forces stationed in South Korea. The upgrades include supplying the U.S. 7th Air Force with JDAMS, replacing older anti-missile systems and attack helicopters, rotating through Stryker Brigade Combat Teams, storing equipment for one heavy armored brigade on ships off the Korean coast and deploying UAVs. And while the timing of the announcement sends an obvious message to North Korea, the restructuring serves other goals as well.


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