Extended Deterrence Policy Committee Tabletop Exercise in South Korea concludes

Senior U.S. and Korean officials recently participated in the third Extended Deterrence Policy Committee Tabletop Exercise to prepare for a potential nuclear attack on the Republic of Korea.

The EDPC is a cooperative bilateral system that predicts potentially effective combined defense strategies to improve multilateral defenses between allies. Roughly 40 senior officials participated, including military personnel, foreign affairs government officials and defense experts.

The 2014 EDPC Tabletop Exercise focused on improving alliance strategies to deter a possible nuclear attack on the ROK. Officials conducted exercises concerning possible nuclear threat deterrence exercises, crisis decision making, defense capabilities and on-site visits to military facilities on the Korean Peninsula, such as air operations centers, a naval vessel with missile defense capabilities and the U.S. military center in South Korea.

The Republic of Korea delegation was led by Deputy Minister for Policy of the Ministry of National Defense Yoo Jeh Seung. The U.S. delegation was jointly led by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia David Helvey and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Missile Defense Policy Elaine Bunn.

The exercise strengthened the defense strategies on the Korean Peninsula by determining how to best deter a potential nuclear crisis with regard to the ROK's specific capabilities and landscape. The exercise also helped strengthen the alliance between the U.S and South Korea by expressing the U.S. dedication to the safety of the Korean Peninsula in the face of recent nuclear threats from North Korea..

The outcome of the exercise will be reviewed during the Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue in the spring of 2014.