OPLAN 5027 - Is It Our Ticket to the Draft?
News Hounds | October 17 2006
Yesterday morning FOX & Friends host Brian Kilmeade asked retired Lt. Gen. Mike "Rifle" DeLong, author of Inside CENTCOM, whether or not there is a plan to handle North Korea. "There's a plan in place to handle that area of the world, specifically the Koreas," responded DeLong. Intrigued, I looked it up and, sure enough, it exists. It's called OPLAN 5027 and, although it's been updated many times during various administrations, both Democratic and Republic, the gist of it remains the same. In addition to massive amounts of military ordnance, America guarantees to send 400,000 to 690,000 soldiers to South Korea to stave off a North Korean onslaught. With our military stretched to the breaking point in Afghanistan and Iraq, a war with North Korea could only be fought one way - by reinstituting compulsory selective service.
According to an October 12, 2006 article in the Korea Times:
"Things have changed completely,'' a JCS official said on condition of anonymity. "We can't help reviewing the joint contingency plan with the U.S. military to counter an allegedly nuclear-armed Pyongyang.''
The move comes at a time when public concerns are growing over North Korea's nuclear threat. Military analysts say if the North detonates a 10-kiloton atomic bomb in the air, about 10 percent of South Korean frontline Army divisions would be neutralized. The reclusive state is believed to have up to seven nuclear weapons of about 20 kilotons.
A group of 17 former defense ministers and veterans yesterday issued a statement denouncing the nuclear device test as well as presenting a new national security scheme including a nuclear war plan.
Under the ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC)'s war plan, called "OPLAN 5027,'' the United States is to provide troops and weapons systems to reinforce South Korea in the event of an external armed attack.
Washington is committed to dispatching some 690,000 troops with 1,600 aircraft and 160 ships to the peninsula within 90 days after a war breaks out, under the plan.
The plan, however, was mainly designed to deter North Korean forces armed with conventional weapons, lacking specific action plans to cope with a nuclear war.
The JCS reports also include plans to introduce high-tech weaponry capable of destroying the North's nuclear delivery systems including warheads, military headquarters and major intelligence and communication facilities, the officials said.
"South Korea's ongoing arms buildup plan to meet the country's takeover of independent wartime command is likely to now more focus on acquiring weapons systems to deter Pyongyang's nuclear threat,'' an official said.
In a National Assembly session on Wednesday, Defense Minister Yoon unveiled plans to boost military capabilities to neutralize North Korea's weapons of mass destruction.
"If the Assembly approves the required defense budget, the military will bolster capabilities to carry out surgical strikes on WMD storages in the North,'' Yoon said.
Under a 15-year defense reform plan, the ministry is seeking to introduce state-of-the-art weapons, such as Patriot Advanced Capability interceptors, 7,000 ton-class Aegis destroyers equipped with cruise missiles, satellite-guided joint direct attack missiles and F-15K-level combat aircraft in stages until 2012.
A senior ministry official said yesterday the timeline for the weapons introduction would be accelerated for two or three years to build "asymmetrical military capabilities'' with nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.
For those of our readers who are interested in such things, Global Security has a complete synopsis of all the mutations of OPLAN 5027.
In addition to being an author, Lt. Gen. DeLong, a 36-year veteran of the Marines, works for The Shaw Group, Inc as Executive Vice President of their Shaw CENTCOM Services LLC.
It seems that the company headed by Lt. Gen. DeLong is making a pocketful of dough as a defense contractor working in the Middle East.
The Shaw Group Awarded Contract with Potential Value Of $1.5 Billion Supporting The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa
BATON ROUGE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 16, 2004--The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE:SGR) today announced that its newly formed joint venture, Shaw CENTCOM Services, LLC (Shaw CS), was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Transatlantic Programs Center. Shaw CS, consisting of Shaw, Al-Khudhairy Group, Kharafi National, and NESMA will provide the full range of design-build and construction-related services within the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR) which includes 25 nations located throughout the Horn of Africa, South and Central Asia, the Northern Red Sea regions, the Arabian Peninsula and Iraq.
The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a one-year base with a monetary ceiling of $500 million. The contract also includes four one-year options with a $250 million ceiling per year. Task orders under this contract cover a wide range of planning, engineering, and design in conjunction with construction, repair, renovation, restoration, and maintenance and operation services. The contracts will support U.S. military operations, other U.S. government agencies and friendly foreign governments under established agreements.
"Shaw has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers domestically and this contract opens the door for Shaw to add further value by supporting their strategic international initiatives," said J.M. Bernhard, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Shaw Group. "We are honored to participate in this important endeavor and we look forward to the opportunity to enhance the communities located within the established area of responsibility."(Source: News Release, The Shaw Group)
Lt. Gen. Mike "Rifle" DeLong joins other FOX News Military Analysts who appear to be profiting from contracts with the DoD and/or providing security-related services to foreign and domestic corporations, including:
Lt. Col. Bill Cowan (founder, WVC3, advisor to the Lincoln Group)
Col. David Hunt (founder, D.A.R. Inc, global security consultants)
Maj. Gen. Thomas McInerney (NetStar Systems, Iran Policy Committee, Crescent Technology Ventures PLC)
Gen. Paul E. Vallely (Center for Security Policy, www.SoldiersMemorialFund.org, National Psychological Operations Assn.)
Maj. Bob Bevelacqua (WVC3)
Maj. Gen. Bob Scales (President, Colgen, Inc., a war gaming and strategy consulting firm)
The sad thing is that FOX News never lets its viewers know that its own military analysts - with the notable exception of Democrat Gen. Wesley Clark - stand to profit handsomely from the wars they push so vociferously day in and day out.
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