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Asymmetric Warfare Group Korea Handbook

All right. Welcome back. We have… Let’s talk about the Koreans. All right? Unclassified for official use only. You never know what you’re going to get. So man, as I get older… I mean you can’t really see my eyes, my eyes over here like this. Like that’s going to help me read it better. I can’t see anything when it’s closed. It got to be kind of far away. I can read it when it’s like this far, but when it’s here, no way, can’t see anything. A handbook to prepare forces for the complex operational environment of Korea peninsula through increased awareness of near peer capabilities and tactics to migrate the threat posed by the democratics republic, People’s Republic of North Korea.

Now that is a handful. Three years ago. Official use only. This is how, if we’re ever going to go to battle, wait a minute. Okay. I was kind of being a smart ass, but I know I shouldn’t be a smart ass because it kind of says, “US army asymmetric warfare group.” So, the disclaimer is saying the information contained here is not current US doctrine or policy, and it’s not meant to supersede doctrine commander’s guidance or established unit standard operation procedures. Examine and use the information in light of admission, the operational environment, the law of armed conflict and other situational factors. So, before we go to war, we have to think about all that. So, what do we have in this beautiful handbook? I seen pictures. So, we’re going to… Wow. So yeah, this is a super interesting book.

Is this the rise of the Kim dynasty? Kim II-Sung was a Korean exile serving as a guerrilla fighter and commander fighting against the Imperial Japanese Army in China during the 1930s. He gained fame for his exploits in Manchuria and a cult of personality began to develop. While tales of his exploits, as told by his followers, may be considered to be slightly overblown by most. Historian, Bruce Cummings pointed out that Japanese officers from Kwantung Army had attested to his fame as a resistance figure. Kim returned to Korea at 19 on September 19th, 1945 after 25 years in exile. In December 1945, the Soviets installed Kim as a chairman of the Korean Communist Party. Though he was still considered to be a subordinate and to the Soviet commanding general in Korea. General Terenty Shtykov this would not change entail Chinese intervention in the Korean war. In an effort to consolidate his power and certify control of the Korean arm of the communist party, Kim forms the Korean People’s Army in September 1948.

Initially, it was believed that the Korean War was a Soviet initiative to test the resolve of the United States. But historians now believe that DPRKs, which is the Democratic Republic or whatever, which is. I can’t see it, whatever. Decision to invade the RLK was a Kim initiative, initially not supported by the Soviet Union. After the Korean War and for the next several decades, the DPRK embarked on reconstructive effort to rebuild the devastated economy. All industries was owned by the state. Agricultural was collectivized and economy focused heavily on arms production. In 1980 Kim Sung, Kim Jong II, as [inaudible 00:04:51] standing committee member and air to his supreme leadership affected laying the foundation for the Kim dynasty.

That’s I mean, this book got… I just wanted to read that. Kind of see how it got into power. I didn’t know it was about the Soviets. Now it makes sense. The fall of the Soviet War. They don’t really have anyone else, but it’s very interesting. So, there’s different parts of this book. So, it talks about the restricted and unforgiving terrain of Korea. So, this one I’ll probably, because like a lot of it’s very interesting….Right? So, excuse me. So, I was like, wow. The global. Wow. Okay.

So, this is the dense urban terrain. The US Census Bureau defines a [inaudible 00:06:04] to be considered urban… 50,000 or more with a minimum threshold of a thousand per square foot, but does not define anything beyond… [inaudible 00:06:33]. So, over half the world’s population live in urban areas right now. That’s up from 30% in the 50s. And they’re saying that by the 2050s, 66%. All right. So, why does that matter? It’s mattering because we have to think of the density that these countries, that when fighting, I mean, because remember this is a war, this is a book on like basically a General’s book. It’s not for us as a general pop, right? As it’s unclassified for official use only. I just happened to have it.

It’s talking about warfare. So, the density of cities and how we’re becoming more dense, it’s going to change the whole way that we fight. We kind of see how that changed in the conflict up to 2000s. With after September 11th, how we were going more door to door, breaking down things and all that kind of good stuff. Opposed to in old schools where you’d have like a 1000 people over here, a 1000 people over here, and they just kind of run together. That warfare is obsolete. So, talking about the density of the cities and the density of everything, it is really interesting. Oh, wow. All right. I’ve already talked too much. This book’s really interesting. It’s a little guy, but it’s jam packed with valuable information. It’s based off of Korea, but you can just kind of use the information and for your own self. I don’t really know where this information is going to be used on a day-to-day basis because I personally don’t have an army. All right. But it’s interesting, nonetheless.