North Korea

Preparing for the End

Published in: Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, v. 55, no. 3, June/July 2013, p. 21-46

Posted on RAND.org on June 01, 2013

by David C. Gompert

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North Korea is now the most dangerous security challenge facing the United States. This article examines the troubled conditions and troubling conduct of the North Korean state, and describes missions US military forces could be asked to perform if conditions worsen. The author explains what capabilities could be needed to perform such missions, taking into account both South Korean and Chinese capabilities and possible moves, and suggests steps the United States should take to be well prepared.

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