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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 17th, 2013 at 7:46 am

South Korea Wants To Delay the 2015 Operational Control Handover

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was in Seoul last month talking about the handover with the Koreans everything seemed fine though I was skeptical about more delays especially when former USFK commander General B.B. Bell came out and said the transfer needs to be stopped.  Now this month the Koreans want yet another delay:


A top U.S. government official said Tuesday South Korea has requested another delay in the schedule to regain operational control (OPCON) of its troops in the event of war.

“I know that has been proposed by the South Korean government, and we are looking at that, working with the South Korean government,” the official told Yonhap News Agency on background.

Related consultations are under way between the allies, with the White House and the State Department handling the issue, added the official.

He emphasized that the U.S. would not “abruptly make decisions that would impair or endanger the security of South Korea.”

“We need to keep working on this,” he said.

A senior South Korean official confirmed that Seoul made such an offer to further postpone the OPCON transfer currently slated for Dec. 1, 2015.

“From the past, there have been discussions on the timing of the OPCON transition. There are works that don’t necessarily need to be implemented on schedule,” he said on the condition of anonymity.

Publicly, the South Korean and U.S. governments have stated that the OPCON transfer plan is on track as the two sides are trying to meet the deadline.  [Yonhap]

You can read more at the link as well as over at the Marmot’s Hole.  The Koreans were supposed to take over Operational Control back in 2012 but it was delayed to 2015 reportedly as a quid pro quo by the Koreans deploying troops to Afghanistan.  I support the transfer of Operational Control for the reasons you can read about at this link, but I am skeptical it is going to happen any time soon due to the Korean delay games and so far the unwillingness of the US government to force the Koreans to stick to the timeline.

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  • Bill
    10:07 am on July 17th, 2013 1

    Thanks for keeping us posted.

  • Ole Tanker
    11:45 am on July 17th, 2013 2

    The news said the guy in Charge would be General Fap Duh Dong. No wonder they want to put it off.

  • Tom
    1:00 pm on July 17th, 2013 3

    So it looks like those fat a$$ politicians in Seoul are saying what the US wants to hear.

    Remember people. It’s the US who is in control here. They can say “NO”, and that would be that. You guys cannot blame this on Korea.

  • Avatar of Leon LaPorteLeon LaPorte
    4:56 pm on July 17th, 2013 4

    3. The Korean military cannot inter-operate with UN forces in practice nor according to doctrine. This is a result of both technological issues as well as force structure and their own command and control methods. What good is it to have command if you cannot communicate and exercise command and control on the most basic level?

    I AM SHOCKED YET AGAIN!!!! Never saw it coming. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Glans
    3:27 am on July 18th, 2013 5

    Elsewhere in Asia, our withdrawal from Afghanistan is being delayed because the Afghans demand customs duties for equipment leaving the country. Ernesto Londoño and Kevin Sieff report for the Washington Post.

  • Smokes
    5:54 am on July 18th, 2013 6

    Money for nothing and drones for free. :roll:

  • tbonetylr
    5:01 pm on July 21st, 2013 7

    Stick to it Dempsey :!:
    US JCS Chief Supports Wartime OPCON Transfer as Scheduled
    Report: “Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, has expressed support to stay on track and transfer wartime operational control at the end of 2015 as planned.
    He expressed the opinion in a written answer submitted to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday for his confirmation hearing for a second term as Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman.
    Dempsey said that from a military perspective, the timing is appropriate for the transfer, which would see South Korea take over control of allied forces from the U.S. in the event of war.

    He added that the conditions for the transfer are based on meeting capability-based milestones, including acquisition of weapon systems, command and control systems as well as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platforms.
    Dempsey acknowledged, however, South Korea has had “some setbacks” in funding for the milestones even though its military is a very capable force…

    …A South Korean military source says that Seoul and Washington will discuss the matter in detail at the Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue (KIDD), which is being held in Seoul for two days from July 30. Military experts say the two sides will likely reach a conclusion during their Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) set to open in Seoul in October.”

  • tbonetylr
    5:18 pm on July 21st, 2013 8

    After all this time(60+ years) it’s about “funding”?
    “Although the South Korean military is a very capable force, however, it has had “some setbacks in funding to achieve these milestones,” added Dempsey. He did not give more details.”

  • South Korea Reportedly Offers To Pay Less To Keep US Forces In Korea | IPOPSOS
    9:22 am on July 26th, 2013 9

    [...] also would not be surprised if the ROK tries to use the Operational Control issue as a bargaining chip as well.  For example they could state that they are willing to pay a little [...]

  • tbonetylr
    5:15 pm on July 31st, 2013 10

    U.S. Forces brass(Scaparrotti) backs opcon transfer schedule|home|newslist1
    “President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the commander of U.S. Forces Korea said he supports plans for Washington to hand over wartime operational control to Seoul in December 2015.
    Army Lieutenant General Curtis Scaparrotti, director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, said at a Senate confirmation hearing yesterday that he plans to go through with the planned handover once he is officially appointed, in compliance with the Strategic Alliance 2015 bilateral agreement.”


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