For the past 40 years, the United States and South Korea participate in a joint military training exercise simulating a war against the Communist north.
The exercise mobilizes around 20,000 U.S. and South Korean troops in land, sea and air maneuvers. In return, North Korea typically responds with missile launches and nuclear tests — increasing tensions and the potential for conflict on the peninsula.
In this episode of the We Are The Mighty Podcast Mark Harper and Shannon Corbeil — two former Air Force officers — share their experience with these war games and what you need to know about the threat from the DPRK.
- Logan Nye: Army veteran and associate editor
- Blake Stilwell: Air Force veteran and managing editor
- Orvelin Valle (AKA O.V.): Navy veteran and podcast producer
- Mark Harper: Air Force veteran and SVP of Creative and Business Development at WATM
- Shannon Corbeil: Former Air Force intelligence officer
Selected links and show notes from the episode:
- North Korea to the US: You can kiss a nuke-free Korean peninsula goodbye
- North Korea is calling US sanctions on Kim Jong Un a 'declaration of war'
- [02:00] Planning exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle.
- [04:45] What casualty magnitude between North Korea and South Korea in a modern day war.
- [06:45] The use of chemical and nuclear weapons.
- [08:00] Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) in action.
- [12:00] War games simulation and exercise responsibilities.
- [16:00] What civilians do during the war games.
- [20:15] North Korea during the war games.
- [23:45] Blake Stilwell's experience in North Korea.