Army conducts North Korea wargame simulation

Military officers at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, recently conducted a wargame with a classified scenario transparently concerned with North Korea.

The focus of the wargame demonstrates the Army's efforts to focus on the prevention of biological, chemical and nuclear attacks. Previous Cold War doctrine and homeland security efforts focused more on cleaning up after an attack, AOL Defense reports.

The Defense Department has a 20,000-man CBRN response force, most of it from the Army. While the priority of the force is the protection of the homeland, one military officer said that the Army must also have a deployable capability to counter weapons of mass destruction worldwide.

The classified wargame scenario was set in 2020 and involved the collapse of a failed state with nuclear weapons. Fictional U.S. forces were led by officers from the U.S. Army Pacific and 8th Army, which is headquartered in Seoul.

While the focus of the wargame dealt with a nuclear incident, officers participating in it said that procedures for chemical and biological threats must also be developed.

"Our shortfall is we don't have a holistic approach for dealing with the components of CBRN," one officer said, according to AOL Defense.

The State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy and other federal agencies may not be equipped to handle CBRN disasters. If one were to occur, the Army might need to take the lead on the incident, AOL Defense reports.

"It's not because other people aren't doing their job," one Army general said, according to AOL Defense. "It's just we're the largest force on the ground, we have the broadest set of capabilities in the Department (of Defense), and we've got the most depth. There isn't anybody else to own it."