Information Warfare: A Message For North Korea


June 17,2008: The U.S. Air Force is sending a message to North Korea this month, as 90 warplanes fly into South Korea to demonstrate how quickly (about four days) forces can be brought in from Guam, Hawaii and Alaska, and North America. The aircraft will include AWACS, B-52s, F-15s, F-16s, A-10s and KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft. Such a wide ranging "surge" of aerial reinforcements has never been carried out before. In the past, a dozen or so warplanes would be flown in from Japan, or some other base. But never from so many bases at once. This is now possible because, for the last decade, the U.S. Air Force has been reorganizing, and training, to get more aircraft overseas more quickly. Time is a weapon, and has long been noted in warfare, the winner is often the one that gets there first with the most.

South Korea has a large, modern, well trained and led air force. The South Korean are expected to destroy most of the North Korean Air Force (which is poorly trained because of a decade of fuel shortages). Most of the American reinforcements are for supporting the South Korean counterattack.


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