January 06, 2011 11:05
The Joint Chiefs of Staff headquarters has been restructured, adding a new department that will handle propaganda operations against North Korea in peacetime and civil operations in the North in case of a sudden change there or a full-scale war.
"We've reorganized the JCS to ensure efficient operational command and delivery of orders in preparation for the takeover of the wartime operational control of Korean troops from the U.S.," a JCS spokesman said Wednesday. "To reinforce psychological operations, we've established a civil-military department and boosted staff of the command and control room for the rapid and systematic handling of the situation in peacetime."
The new department consists of a civil-military operations section, psychological warfare section, martial law section, and a overseas dispatch section.
The chief of the command and control room, which used to be run by an Army or Air Force colonel or a Navy captain on rotation, will be led by a Navy commodore. Staff will consist of four teams who will work in shifts around the clock.
The distribution ratio among Army, Navy and Air Force officers at the JCS was set at 2.2:1.1:1, compared to the previous ratio of 2.4:1:1, with the Army proportion slightly reduced. But all of the JCS chiefs of operations, of military support, and of strategic planning are Army lieutenant generals, and observers point out that the role of Navy and Air Force top brass has in fact been reduced.
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