September 28, 2022

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chun In-bum

Retired Lieutenant General In-Bum Chun entered the Korea Military Academy in 1977. Chun was commissioned an infantry officer in 1981 as class 37. Chun became the youngest officer in the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army history to be an aide to a three-star general with a rank of lieutenant. Chun commanded a combat division and the Korean Special Forces. Chun retired from active duty as of July of 2016, and continues to contribute to the improvement of ROK military capabilities and animal welfare.

KOREA PRO

It’s time for South Korea to embrace tactical nuclear weapons to defend itself

North Korea’s recent weapons tests dramatically tip the scale in its favor. Seoul cannot be caught flat-footed.

Chun In-bumChun In-bumMay 3, 2022
Analysis

Why the agreement on shared military spending is good for South Korea and the US

Negotiating these cost-sharing deals was often painful, but does not need to be as humiliating in the future

Chun In-bumChun In-bumMarch 9, 2021
Analysis

‘A gift and a curse’: What South Korea’s $253 billion defense plan really means

The new, high-budget plan for 2021 - 2025 puts a big focus on interceptors meant to thwart North Korean missiles

Chun In-bumChun In-bumAugust 12, 2020
Featured Content

How South Korea’s military could respond to North Korea’s escalation of tensions

The DPRK's recent provocations are regrettable, but the ROK is better equipped and better prepared for what comes next

Chun In-bumChun In-bumJune 18, 2020
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Why Kim Jong Un has nothing to fear from this month’s ROK-U.S. drills

This month's drills are purely defensive and designed to ensure that diplomacy is not interrupted

Chun In-bumChun In-bumAugust 11, 2019
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What a series of North Korean missile tests means for South Korea’s defense

The new weapons pose a major threat — and undermine efforts towards peace on the peninsula

Chun In-bumChun In-bumMay 16, 2019
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What to make of plans to end the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises

The move to end the so-called "war games" is a gift to Kim Jong Un — he should respond in kind

Chun In-bumChun In-bumMarch 4, 2019
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What the military cost-sharing dispute could mean for the U.S.-ROK alliance

Retired LTG Chun In-bum weighs in on the increasingly contentious debate

Chun In-bumChun In-bumJanuary 24, 2019
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De facto peace treaty? Unpacking the inter-Korean military agreement

If the DPRK follows through on their promises, there is potential for Southern tactical advantages

Chun In-bumChun In-bumSeptember 23, 2018
Analysis

Reducing guard posts along the DMZ: what to make of the two Koreas’ plans

A retired ROK LTG examines efforts to reduce military tensions along the MDL

Chun In-bumChun In-bumAugust 28, 2018