by Capt. Brian Ladd
PACAF Space Branch
12/15/2012 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Members
of Pacific Air Forces' space forces met with visiting members of the
Republic of Korea, Deputy Chief of Staff Planning team, to discuss space
successes and challenges, Dec. 7, 2012.
Maj. Gen. Kyeong-Doo Jeong, DCS for Planning Republic of Korea Air Force
headquarters, led the group during the visit on Dec. 7, which also
marked the 71st anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941 attacks on Pearl Harbor.
Jeong said he witnessed the 71st commemoration ceremony and that the
sacrifice made by the U.S. was tremendous, but today is the basis for
"The U.S. is the foundation for space, and a lead nation for global
nations," he said. "They have built a foundation to make American
leaders for global peace."
During the visit, Jeong and his staff received a space mission brief and
613th Air Operations Center tour to assist in establishing best
practices for their developing space program and approaching space
During the meeting Jeong showed interest in the U.S. space acquisition process,
"The ROK is very interested in how the U.S. conducts space operations
and how the U.S. would be able to assist them in their emerging space
program," said Capt. Brian Ladd, Deputy Chief, PACAF Space Branch.
The ROK is placing a greater emphasis on developing their civil and
military space programs. Currently, they are in the later stages of
preparations for an indigenous satellite launch and early in the
development of their military space cadre.
"This meeting presented the opportunity to display the successes and
shortfalls that PACAF has experienced with space and how, through a
continued and expanded partnership, the shortfalls can be turned into
successes," said Ladd.
This is the first meeting of U.S. and ROK space forces since the signing
of the terms of reference agreement on Oct. 23, 2012, by the U.S.
Department of Defense and Korea Ministry of National Defense Space
Cooperation Working Group.
DoD will seek to expand space-related cooperation with international
partners, building and sharing space capabilities with these partners to
the extent practicable and leading combined space operations, including
"As the ROK expands their space capabilities, the cooperation with the
U.S. in areas such as space situational awareness space-support
operations will display to the other foreign nations our dedication to
the responsible and peaceful use of space", said Capt Ladd.
The PACAF territory comprises approximately a third of the globe and has
seen an impressive increase in nations adding space capabilities. "The
responsibility to identify all of the threats to space assets in the
Pacific is a responsibility that needs to be shared by all of our
partner nations, to include the ROK," said Ladd.
This working group will identify the areas that the two nations can come together to enhance operations and capabilities.
"As the ROK increases their space capabilities the working group will
enable the U.S. to share our lessons learned on space operations," said