Further boosting its defense and deterrence capabilities, South Korea unveiled its latest “Kill Web” concept earlier this month, which can shut down advancing nuclear threats even during the pre-launch stage.

This report from an anonymous South Korean defense official comes amid rising tensions with North Korea and Pyongyang’s nuclear threats and missile testing provocations, which have become alarmingly frequent in recent years.

Seoul’s defense ministry is looking to improve its immediate and strategic response plan, and the Kill Web concept is one of them.

What’s the “Kill Web” Concept?

The “Kill Web” concept, according to Yonhap, “refers to a multilayered yet integrated apparatus that employs cyber operations, electronic warfare tactics, and other means to disrupt and negate the enemy’s move to fire a missile even before its launch.” Unlike the country’s current Kill Chain preemptive strike system that proceeds in a single, linear direction, the in-development concept is much more flexible that allows “field officers to make adjustments to their initial target decisions,” subsequently optimizing its strike capabilities.

The Kill Chain is one of Seoul’s pillars in its Three-Axis deterrence system. It works alongside the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation (KMPR) campaign, which targets the enemy’s leadership, and the Korea Air and Missile Defense systems (KAMD) that would counter any approaching missile assaults.

The unnamed defense official also emphasized that the newest defense innovation would boost the strength of its existing preemptive strike system, operating as an effective supplement to the Kill Chain rather than replacing it. Moreover, the country would continue to invest more in artificial intelligence and other sophisticated technologies to ensure that its military can decisively win “a war with minimum casualties” within a short wartime period.

Aside from the Kill Web concept, South Korea’s military will also focus on improving its AI-based vigilance concept, utilizing both manned and unmanned equipment, on expanding its defense strength across its significant bases.

Keeping in Touch with the US

New defense innovation aside, South Korea continues to uphold solid military cooperation with the US through joint war games.