MAY 4, 2012 6:44PM

Why North Korea Jams South Korean GPS Signals: Signal

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 As to the action, this is a link to what has been reported as to North Korea jamming South Korean GPS signals.

On average, there are 28,500 American soldiers stationed in South Korea, properly known as the Republic of Korea.

Those soldiers use Global Positioning System devices rather a lot in order to support their combat potential, as do the South Koreans in the same types of applications as we do, aircraft, maritime navigation, even automobile navigation.

Attacking such systems is annoying, although not generally speaking life-threatening, if it must be taken at an absolute minimum as a signal of the sort of thing the North would definitely be trying to do in wartime conditions.

We could expect cyber attacks here too, and of course such North Korean activities are why many don't like their satellite programs, as they can be assumed to have a military and hostile intent.

As to how much too worry, some have worried that American forces are too dependent on GPS, although that could be exaggerated.

For example, although J-DAMs wouldn't work well with GPS jamming, W-88s launched from Trident submarines most definitely would eliminate any enemy targets that were to be engaged with a J-DAM, as would B-61 tactical nuclear weapons dropped from F-16s, or even just area raids with B-1Bs and B-52 H's, if the loss of North Korean non-combatant life would be higher in such a scenario.

North Korea is many things, risk-taking among them, but as to a total failure of rationality, that cannot be said to be generally true. They want to reunify the Korean Peninsula on the terms of their social system, and are willing to use force to do that, it's just that they can't do that, since we would in the end use Trident submarines to efface them from the Earth.



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What would war on the Korean Peninsula do to the current economic situation?

I think that sea-based trading vessels to and from South Korea would, of necessity, come to a stop.

Same would apply to all seaborne trade in the Sea of Japan and Japan's West Coast.

Japan would be able to trade on their east coast. However, I think that the bonds that merchant ships would need to put up for a voyage would go up in cost to a very high degree, and this would dramatically increase the costs of shipping to Japan, as well as inflate the costs of consumer goods to and from Japan as a result.

There might be decreased oil demand from Japan and South Korea for a limited time, and this might decrease demand for oil from them. On the other hand, China has a lot of electronics and manufacturing businesses in the South China Sea that would benefit from a cessation of Korean and Japanese business and they would go into overdrive and gobble up all that oil for business and manufacturing purposes.

In many way, China would use this opportunity to gain market share, I think, because much of their "special economic zones" are far, far to the south, by the Shanghai, Hong Kong, Hainan, Guangzhou axis, or am I mistaken?

Russia would definately be hurt economically, in terms of Siberian and Far Eastern oceanic trade to Japan and Canada/US. What ports does most Russian oil come to the US from?

That said, aside from Chinese market share opportunism, what would an end to the Korean War Armistice mean for the global economy, right now?
RW, in the event of an actual North Korean invasion of the South, not these mindgames to date and signals like with GPS, we might well use nuclear weapons on a time urgent basis from Trident submarines, RW, to end it on as favorable terms come what will.