The South Korean government’s intent to end an intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan is more than a slight toward its neighbor, but a blow to U.S. efforts at monitoring North Korean activities and countering Chinese influence, experts say.
South Korea announced Thursday it doesn’t plan to renew the General Security of Military Information Agree (GSOMIA) with Japan and the U.S., the latest escalation in a brewing diplomatic spat between Seoul and Tokyo.
The announcement from South Korea’s Moon Jae-in administration follows moves by each side remove the other from preferential trade agreements. However, the move will likely harm much more than the easy exchange of North Korea missile intelligence, wrote Victor Cha, a senior advisor and the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
“No policy action of this type takes place in a vacuum. This development is beneficial to countries opposed to the U.S. alliance system including North Korea, China, and Russia,” Cha wrote.
“The Department of Defense expresses our strong concern and disappointment that the Moon Administration has withheld its renewal of the Republic of Korea’s General Security of Military Information Agreement with Japan. We strongly believe that the integrity of our mutual defense and security ties must persist despite frictions in other areas of the ROK-Japan relationship. We’ll continue to pursue bilateral and trilateral defense and security cooperation where possible with Japan and the ROK,” said a statement from Army Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman.
Relations between the two nations have been frosty for decades, dating back Japan’s colonization of Korea following the Russo-Japanese war. The current flare-up is related to a December incident when Japan claimed a South Korean warship locked its fire-control radar onto a Japanese maritime patrol aircraft. Korea countered the Japanese aircraft first buzzed the warship, according to a paper by Patrick Buchan, the director of the U.S. Alliances Project and a fellow for Indo-Pacific Security at CSIS, and Ben Rimland, a research associate at CSIS.
Buchan and Rimland suggest one of the likely paths to bring the two nations closer together involves increased military interactions between nations.
“Military-military cooperation, particularly between the two navies, has seen the U.S. leverage its role as senior alliance partner to offer a neutral practice ground for both nations,” Buchan and Rimland wrote.
In the past, the U.S. Navy has helped foster better communication and cooperation between all three nations. The 2016 Pacific Dragon exercise an example of all three navies working together. The exercise included coordinated live ballistic missile tracking event designed to test each nation’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System capabilities, according to a Navy statement.
“The stakes could not be higher for the United States,” Buchan and Rimland write. “With President Trump’s on-again, off-again nuclear diplomacy with North Korea again taking off, and further Chinese moves to demonstrate a claim to hegemony in East Asia, maintaining a united front among allies is critical.”
was now having fun by clicking through 'A-10 retirement' stories back to Sep 18, 2017Boeing Co. will make the wings on the remaining
The company on Wednesday received an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract worth a maximum of $999 million for A-10 wing replacements.
"This contract provides for up to 112 new A-10 wing assemblies and up to 15 wing kits," the award stipulates.
Boeing, which is teaming up with Korean Aerospace Industries for the effort, said the service has ordered an initial 27 wing sets and will manage the production of up to 112 sets and spare kits.
Only 109 A-10s still need to be re-winged, and the contract will include up to three spares, according to service spokeswoman Ann Stefanek.
"Our established supply base, experience with the A-10 structures, and our in-depth knowledge of the U.S. Air Force's requirements will help us deliver high-quality wings to meet the customer's critical need," Pam Valdez, vice president of Air Force services for Boeing Global Services, said in a statement.
The wing replacement work will be performed at multiple U.S. subcontractor locations as well as one subcontractor location in South Korea; the work is scheduled to be completed in August 2030, according to the contract announcement.
The Air Force will allocate $239.6 in procurement funds from past fiscal budgets for the effort, known as the "A-10-Thunderbolt II Advanced-Wing Continuation Kit," or "ATTACK" program, DoD said.
The Air Force had initially set aside $267 million for the effort, but DoD has reevaluated that estimate, Stefanek told Military.com Wednesday.
The news comes after the recent completion of Boeing's first re-winging contract, awarded to the aerospace company in 2007.
As part of the $1.1 billion "Enhanced Wing Assembly" contract, the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at
The Air Force in 2018
Officials have not committed to re-winging the entire fleet.
"We re-evaluate every year depending on how many aircraft we will need; the length of the contract goes through 2030 so it gives us options as we go forward," Stefanek said.
The service has 281 Warthogs in its inventory. Two A-10s were
The planes, which entered service in 1976 and have
The A-10 has also been instrumental in air operations in Afghanistan.
then recalled some had tried to get rid of the A-10 even 30 (?) years before that
The simple explanation is that funds were tight during the sequestration period of the Obama administration. It is a matter of prioritization on what to let go. When the Trump administration came in, funds started flowing in and the A-10 survived but also came the funds for necessary upgrade work.Aug 15, 2019
Boeing Wins Contract Worth Nearly $1 Billion to Replace Remaining A-10 Wings
was now having fun by clicking through 'A-10 retirement' stories back to Sep 18, 2017
then recalled some had tried to get rid of the A-10 even 30 (?) years before that
the point isThe simple explanation is that funds were tight during the sequestration period of the Obama administration. It is a matter of prioritization on what to let go. When the Trump administration came in, funds started flowing in and the A-10 survived but also came the funds for necessary upgrade work.
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Competition to Build 5G Networks, Hypersonics Focus for Pentagon Research Chief
I've read 5G is available in Shanghai Railway Station, LOL will try to find it now ... gotcha: Feb 18, 2019
the point is the US is apparently behind
Expand capacity. “The Air Force We Need” envisions increasing combat fighter squadrons from 55 to 62. That requires buying at least 72 new fighters per year, which is also the smallest number necessary to begin reducing the average age of the fighter fleet from today’s 28 years. Air Combat Command boss Gen. James Holmes said 62 combat squadrons could be attained by 2024. Most of those fighters will be F-35A Lightning IIs.
Based on the 2020 Budget, only 48 F-35As and 8 F-15EXs are planned. The USAF will need to ramp up in future years to acquire at least 60 F-35As and 12 F-15EX to meet the expansion plan.
Early indication that the AETP rollout refit will be expansive.New engines, more range. The Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP) will provide significantly longer range or loiter time than existing F-22 and F-35 engines, while also improving acceleration, speed, and altitude. Rafael Garcia, USAF’s deputy program executive officer for propulsion, said AETP will be the first new fighter propulsion program in 32 years. “We’re going to put it in everything,” he declared.
Questionable whether an EPAWSS like system will be developed for the F-16 as there is already tension over the need to upgrade the F-16s given the rollout of the F-35As.Advanced electronic warfare for F-15. The Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System, or EPAWSS, may not “make an F-15 into an F-35 or F-22,” said ACC chief Holmes, but it will help F-15s “buy back” penetrating capability, making it harder to detect them so they can get closer to enemy air defenses. A similar system could eventually be developed for the F-16 as well.
Looks to be some sort of plan to finally allow the F-35 and F-22 to talk each other stealthily.Enhanced electronics. Both the F-22 and F-35 are receiving new electronic warfare systems and weapons, as well as the ability to communicate stealthily with each other and with fourth-gen systems. The F-22 upgrade, called Increment 3.2B, will invest $1.75 billion to add new air-to-air weapons, processors, and data links. The F-35 will gain range and payload with the addition of 480-gallon drop tanks and newly reconfigured weapons bays that will be able to accommodate six missiles instead of four. The F-35 is also set to receive the Block 4 combat enhancements package, which will include two major software updates per year for new electronic warfare sensors and weapons.
Improved radars for fourth-generation fighters. The Air Force has been adding AESA (active electronically scanned array) radars to the F-15 fleet for more than a decade, and the F-16 fleet’s first AESA systems are slated to be operational this year. The F-16 is also getting new digital radar warning receivers, software-based radios, and a new operational flight program.Affirmation that tactically, the F-22s and F-35s will have to shoulder the heavy lifting as the F-15EX (even with upgrades) will only play a supportive role. Interesting that both China and Russia continue to take a differing view with their reliance on 4th gen birds.The new-build F-15EX. Congress has authorized the Air Force to purchase the first eight of up to 144 F-15EXs in 2020. These jets would be used to accomplish air superiority in places where defenses are either absent or beaten down, as a domestic interceptor, or as a missile carrier outside heavily contested airspace. By shooting targets designated for them by F-22s and F-35s behind enemy lines, they might also carry hypersonic missiles.
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just noticed, have no idea what this means
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almost missed this sentence you quoted:
what gives, I mean hasn't the EPAWS been cancelled??