Presentation Title

A Disciplined Approach to Deploying Land-Based Phalanx Weapon Systems to South Korea

Faculty Mentor

Caleb Karges

Start Date

17-11-2018 2:00 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 2:15 PM

Location

C327

Session

Oral 3

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

interdisciplinary

Abstract

Immense damage to U.S. national interests can occur due to a lack of structured investigation and implementation of military options. Continual neglect on this front only serves to prevent victory and ensure that U.S. military assets remain trapped in quagmires across the globe. This paper offers a disciplined analysis of the political, grand strategic, strategic, operational, and tactical implications of deploying Land-based Phalanx Weapon Systems (LPWS) to the South Korean theater for the purpose of intercepting North Korean artillery. This five-tier hierarchy of planning used by western war colleges serves as the methodology for this analysis. It finds that the current lack of air defense systems in Seoul puts American interests and substantial human life in jeopardy, and that LPWS deployment would bolster U.S. political objectives. Despite prominent fears of North Korean nuclear weapons, this report finds that a larger emphasis ought to be placed upon its deep stockpiles of chemical weapons. The potential for large-scale chemical warfare should not be outside of American and South Korean considerations, as North Korea has demonstrated both the capability and the intention to use chemical munitions.

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Nov 17th, 2:00 PM Nov 17th, 2:15 PM

A Disciplined Approach to Deploying Land-Based Phalanx Weapon Systems to South Korea

C327

Immense damage to U.S. national interests can occur due to a lack of structured investigation and implementation of military options. Continual neglect on this front only serves to prevent victory and ensure that U.S. military assets remain trapped in quagmires across the globe. This paper offers a disciplined analysis of the political, grand strategic, strategic, operational, and tactical implications of deploying Land-based Phalanx Weapon Systems (LPWS) to the South Korean theater for the purpose of intercepting North Korean artillery. This five-tier hierarchy of planning used by western war colleges serves as the methodology for this analysis. It finds that the current lack of air defense systems in Seoul puts American interests and substantial human life in jeopardy, and that LPWS deployment would bolster U.S. political objectives. Despite prominent fears of North Korean nuclear weapons, this report finds that a larger emphasis ought to be placed upon its deep stockpiles of chemical weapons. The potential for large-scale chemical warfare should not be outside of American and South Korean considerations, as North Korea has demonstrated both the capability and the intention to use chemical munitions.