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June 22, 2024


Scott LaFoy

Scott LaFoy

Scott LaFoy is a researcher focusing in satellite imagery in Washington, D.C. He is co-editor with Yong Kwon at the Rice & Iron Blog (, focusing his research in energy security and military/political affairs on the Korean Peninsula, with an emphasis on primary and declassified intelligence documentation and satellite imagery.


Show and TEL: North Korea’s upgraded missile launch vehicle

It remains unclear if the DPRK is capable of full indigenous production of WS51200-equivalent chassis

Scott LaFoyScott LaFoyNovember 30, 2017

Could the U.S. shoot down a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile?

Despite Trump's claims, Washington has a very limited toolset

Scott LaFoyScott LaFoyOctober 19, 2017

The Hwasong-12: what the tests have achieved so far

The missile is moving from an artificial testing environment to an operational one

Scott LaFoyScott LaFoySeptember 18, 2017

The Hwasong-12: What do we know so far?

Sunday's missile test by North Korea represented a significant step forward for the country's missile program

Scott LaFoyScott LaFoyMay 15, 2017

How close is North Korea to testing an ICBM?

Compared to other countries that have done the same thing, North Korea seems a long way off

Scott LaFoyScott LaFoyApril 21, 2017

North Korea maintaining assets at Kaesong Industrial Complex, satellite imagery shows

DPRK officials are keeping vehicles in good condition, may be preparing for complex reopening

JH AhnJH Ahn | Scott LaFoyFebruary 9, 2017

Blast-off: Identifying North Korea’s new ER Scud

Image analysis shows the DPRK appears to be making significant strides

Dave Schmerler | Scott LaFoyOctober 18, 2016

A bridge too far: the state of DPRK-PRC border trading

Critical to DPRK-China trade, numerous bridge projects are in the works

Scott LaFoyScott LaFoySeptember 14, 2016

Tracking the damage: assessing North Korea’s flooding situation

Satellite analysis reveals significant damage to infrastructure

Scott LaFoyScott LaFoySeptember 9, 2016

South Korean SLBMs: Stabilizing second strike or destabilizing counterforce?

Unclear if benefits of second strike capability outweigh risks of additional arms racing with North Korea

Scott LaFoyScott LaFoyJune 16, 2016