Sunday, March 9, 2014

DoD Report - North Korea's Military

The Department of Defense has released an annual report to Congress on the military and security situation in North Korea. The report, entitled Military and Security Developments Involving the Democratic People's Republic of Korea 2013, was published on February 4, 2014. The report provides an assessment of the security situation on the Korean Peninsula, factors shaping the North Korean security and military strategy, trends in North Korean security, doctrine, capabilities, and other military security developments. The report is an Adobe Acrobat PDF, is 22 pages
long, and less than 1 MB big. It can be read online or downloaded from a DoD website at the link below.

www.defense.gov/pubs/North_Korea_Military_Power_Report_2013-2014.pdf

Special Forces to Train Iraqi Army in Jordan

Recent news reports indicate that United States Special Forces teams have been sent to Jordan to take part in training events with Jordanian and Iraqi Special Forces units. This is a quiet and small way of helping out the Iraqi government in its attempt to quell the rising power of the Sunni insurgents in Iraq. Of course, the resurgence of the terrorists and guerrillas in Iraq is a result of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki not sharing power with the Sunni's. The training event will bolster the ability of the Iraqi special units to conduct special operations. Read more in "U.S. Special Forces Sent to Train Iraqi Special Forces in Jordan", The New York Times, March 7, 2014.

U.S. Military Increases Footprint in Africa - But it is a Small Footprint

While the United States military continues its withdrawal from Afghanistan it is increasing its presence in many parts of Africa. The role of the U.S. military in Africa is that of training and advising host nation military forces. The Marines, Army and Special Forces are sending small teams to various locations to conduct small-scale operations.The command that has responsibility for Africa is Africa Command or AFRICOM located in Stuttgart, Germany. It is headed by a four-star general (currently General David M. Rodriguez). AFRICOM is one of six unified geographic combatant commands within the Department of Defense unified command structure. The mission of AFRICOM is to deter and defeat transnational threats, prevent future conflicts, support humanitarian and disaster relief, and protect U.S. security interests on the African continent. Read a recent news story on military deployments to Africa in "U.S. military presence in Africa growing in small ways", Los Angeles Times, March 7, 2014.