Although the U.S. commitment to the defense of Korea has not changed in 50 years, Northeast Asia has changed dramatically. The region has increased in strategic significance to the United States, and the future stability of this region is a vital interest of the United States. Despite the regional changes, the American military presence in Korea has focused solely on defending South Korea. America's defense structures in the region have not evolved to meet the development and associated emerging strategic challenges. It appears the United States may be confronting a strategic policy and military strategy disconnect in Northeast Asia. A change in organization, roles, and missions of U.S. forces in South Korea is the most suitable, feasible, and acceptable way for the U.S. to address these new challenges. Setting the conditions for U.S. strategic presence in Northeast Asia must occur today. The proposed model represents a much needed force construct adjustment, with no increased forces, and positions the United States to be more strategically responsive and relevant in Northeast Asia tomorrow.
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Murray, Williamson. National Security Challenges for the 21st Century. Carlisle, PA: U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, 2003, ch. 5.