How Many Troops If North Collapses? 300K+ (The Wall Street Journal)


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Lind calculated the figure with Bruce Bennett of Rand Corp. after considering the five critical tasks soldiers would need to tackle: confiscating weapons of mass destruction, controlling the border, disarming the military and police, combating insurgencies, and maintaining general order.

“This is a huge number,” Lind said in her presentation to the Asan Institute in Seoul. “This is a huge diplomatic minefield that would require time to figure out.”

Read the full story, published by The Wall Street Journal on 11/30/11.

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