Park appoints new defense minister and NSA

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has appointed Kim Kwan-jin (pictured), the South Korean defense minister, to serve as her national security adviser. Kim Jang-soo served as the previous national security adviser, but resigned after making comments that his office had no role in the Sewol’s rescue operations. The national security adviser position had been vacant…

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Japan sends ammunition to South Koreans in South Sudan

Japan has broken with its self-imposed ban on arms exports to help protect South Korean troops and refugees under Korean protection. A cabinet decision, which included Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has decided to send 10,000 standard 5.56mm rounds to South Korean troops stationed in Bor, South Sudan. Since a 15 December 2013 coup attempt,…

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Silent Eagle to Join ROK Air Force Inventory

The announcement that South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to exclude EADS’ Eurofighter Typhoon from the F-X III competition effectively means that Boeing’s bid to supply the South Korean military with the F-15 Silent Eagle, Boeing’s stealth version of its F-15, has been selected. EADS bid was excluded for what was called “procedural errors,” but EADS…

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South Korea to buy F-15SE Silent Eagle?

Does a Department of Defense notification to Congress mean Seoul is going to buy Boeing’s F-15 Silent Eagle fighter? Possibly. Here’s the scoop. The U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified the U.S. Congress of a potential sale of weapons and support systems for the Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle fighter jet for…

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