Korean Defense Policy under Korean President Moon Jae-in’s Administration

Because of the recent tensions on the Korean peninsula, caused by the actions of the Kim Regime in the North of the Korean Peninsular, the Korean government under the President Jae-in Moon Administration has vowed to, among other things, increase the defense budget and enhance the 3-Axis System.  Opportunities, thus, abound for proactive companies in the defense industry. Korea’s Major Defense Priorities Increase the Korean defense budget from 2.4% to around 3.0% of GDP; Maintain the strong relationship with the United States; Procure advance weapon systems domestically and from abroad; Enhance and further develop the 3-Axis System; Expedite the takeover of wartime control of the Korean military (and all troops in Korea) to the Korean military; and Expedite the procurement and build out of purchased and in development defense systems. 3-Axis System The understanding of the 3-Axis System and the major specific priorities of the Korean Administration demonstrates the opportunities

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Famed South Korean Golfer Ordered to Complete Military Service

Bae Sangmoon, 29-year old two-time PGA Tour winner, has been ordered to serve in the South Korean military under Korea’s military conscription laws. Bae was, recently, granted American residency, however, a court in the South Korean city of Daegu has just determined that he had not stayed overseas a long enough period of time to qualify as an overseas resident, and is, thus, required by South Korean law to serve in the military. South Korea has universal conscription for men, and many South Koreans resent the fact that wealthy, high-profile, and politically-connected young men are granted exemptions from serving in the military seemingly because of these connections. While Bae would have been conscripted into the military had he not been a famous golfer, his status as one of South Korea’s “well-off” citizens likely, also, made him a target by the Military Manpower Administration (MMA). His fame, and the high-profile nature

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South Korea’s Military Conscription Law Challenged by Religious Conscientious Objectors

South Korea’s mandatory military conscription law is once again being challenged by religious conscientious objectors. The Constitutional Court held a public hearing on Thursday to determine whether religious objectors to military service are still subject to the same punishments that are given to other citizens who refuse to perform their military service. South Korean law mandates that citizens who refuse to perform military service, without a valid reason, are subject to imprisonment for up to three years. Currently, religious conscientious objections are not recognized as a valid reason to not serve.  The Constitutional Court upheld the conscription law when it was challenged in 2004 and 2011. According to a legal representative of conscientious objectors who filed a petition against the law, 706 young men are currently imprisoned in South Korea for refusing to perform military service – many due to religious conscientious objections. A lawyer for South Korea’s Defense Ministry,

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Weekly Korean Legal News From International Law Firm – IPG Legal for the Week of July 28, 2014

Weekly Korean Legal News From International Law Firm – IPG Legal for the Week of July 28, 2014Korean Legal News Reported by the Media on the Week of July 28, 2014 IMC may blacklist Korean builders over collusion Prosecutors continue probe into ferry owner’s driver Foreign workers upset by severance pay formula Restructuring urgent for big Korean companies Relocation of USFK Headquarters to Go Ahead Most Recent Posts from the Korean Law Blog This slot is reserved for the new article Korean Franchise Law Basics for Franchisors “Samsung’s First Family Struggles to Keep Grip on Company” Report by Bloomberg Debt Collection in Korea: Foreign Creditor vs. Bankrupt Korea Debtor Opportunities in Korea’s Growing Tuning & Performance Modification Industry for Foreign Companies ___ Sean Hayes may be contacted at: SeanHayes@ipglegal.com. Sean Hayes is co-chair of the Korea Practice Team at IPG Legal. He is the first non-Korean attorney to have worked

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Korea Assisting Mongolian Peace Keeping Efforts with Korean Military Equipment

Korea has pledged, via the signing of a defense cooperation agreement with Mongolia, to ship 15 used military vehicles to Mongolia.  The vehicles to be shipped seem to be low-tech non-tactical vehicles including bulldozers and cranes.  The vehicles are, likely, to be utilized by the military for not only military purposes, but civilian purposes, since the military, in Mongolia, plays a vital role in Mongolian infrastructure projects. Korea has received a good deal of criticisms for being one of the lowest contributors in the OECD to international humanitarian projects.  The Korean government has, recently, stepped-up its efforts in contributing to the international community. ____info@ipglegal.com (c) Sean Hayes – SJ IPG. All Rights reserved.  Do not duplicate any content on this blog without the express written permission of the author. info@ipglegal.com.

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South Korea’s Stealing United States Military Technology?

Foreign Policy just put out an interesting article that might sour recent news that South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) was nearing a deal by which it would purchase F-35s from Lockheed Martin.  The article, which primarily deals with the suspicion that the South Koreans may be stealing U.S. military secrets, had this to say about the F-35 program: “Right now, the dialogue between the two countries is focused heavily on the potential sale of the advanced F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to the South Koreans. American officials are putting into place a strict security agreement to ensure that nothing is shared, either with the wrong people, or for use by a buyer of a Korean-made copycat for Korea’s own competitive purposes. The South Koreans are interested in the F-35, but their interest comes at the same time as South Korea’s bid to build its own stealth jet, raising bureaucratic

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South Korea’s Stealing United States Military Technology?

Foreign Policy just put out an interesting article that might sour recent news that South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) was nearing a deal by which it would purchase F-35s from Lockheed Martin.  The article, which primarily deals with the suspicion that the South Koreans may be stealing U.S. military secrets, had this to say about the F-35 program: “Right now, the dialogue between the two countries is focused heavily on the potential sale of the advanced F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to the South Koreans. American officials are putting into place a strict security agreement to ensure that nothing is shared, either with the wrong people, or for use by a buyer of a Korean-made copycat for Korea’s own competitive purposes. The South Koreans are interested in the F-35, but their interest comes at the same time as South Korea’s bid to build its own stealth jet, raising bureaucratic

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South Korean OPCON: Benefits for Military Tech Companies Operating in Korea

Daniel Russel, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, arrived in Seoul yesterday to negotiate a timetable for South Korea regaining wartime Operational Command (OPCON) over its military.   The U.S. first gained control of South Korea’s wartime OPCON in 1950, at the start of the Korean War, and has yet to relinquish it.   South Korea regained its peacetime OPCON in 1994, but has repeatedly postponed previous attempts at regaining wartime control.  Again, Korea is requesting a delay. The transfer of OPCON could be a major benefit to those selling technology, services and hardware to the Korean government. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld first floated the idea of transferring wartime OPCON back to South Korea’s military in 2001.  South Korea, it was said, was now a wealthy post-developing nation and should be fit to command and control its own military in the event of a

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All Eyes on Korea as the F-35 Faces Judgment: Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program

The Korean Administration began its final bidding session on Tuesday, August 13th to find a replacement for its obsolete 1960’s-era F-5 fighter plane. The bidding is expected to last until Friday, August 16th. It’s anybody’s guess as to whether Korea is going to go with the Boeing F-15, Eurofighter Typhoon, or Lockheed Martin F-35. Of these planes, the F-35 is by far the most advanced – and the most expensive, at nearly USD 100 million per unit. While the F-15 seems to be the favored plane at the moment, a Korean rejection of the F-35 could spell disaster for the F-35 program itself. The Pentagon’s controversial F-35 program has definitely seen better days. The fifth-generation stealth fighter, which is still in development, has been designed to replace the Pentagon’s now-aging fleet of F-16’s and eventually make up the bulk of the U.S. Air Force. The Pentagon hopes to make the

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