South Korea And The United States Conduct Joint Command And Staff Exercises In A Truncated Format
The Republic of Korea and the United States began to command and staff exercises on Tuesday, which take place in the format of computer simulations, and they will last until August 28, 2020. As the Joint Chiefs of Staff reported on Tuesday, this is the first major joint exercise since the beginning of the year; the previous ones were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The exercise will take place in two stages. During the first one, which will take place from August 18 to 22, the defense of South Korea against the invasion of a simulated enemy is being worked out. During the second stage, which will last from August 24 to 28, the sides are practicing a counterattack. From August 11 to 14, the parties conducted preliminary testing of joint actions in crises.
The maneuvers were originally scheduled to begin on Sunday but were postponed after one of the South Korean army officers who were supposed to participate in them was confirmed to have a coronavirus. Meanwhile, all those who came into contact with him, the test results were negative.
Due to the need to comply with quarantine requirements, the exercises are held in a reduced format and only in the daytime. In this regard, the parties will not be able to test the ability of Seoul to independently manage their troops.