The military relationship between the United States and South Korea is a cornerstone of security in East Asia.

It’s a partnership forged in the fires of the Korean War (1950-1953) and nurtured through decades of shared threats and ambitions.

This relationship has evolved significantly, reflecting the changing geopolitical landscape and the growing strength of the South Korean military.

Divide and Conquer: The Origins

Back in the day, post-World War II, Korea got sliced in half at the 38th parallel like some grim prize between the US and the Soviet Union.