South Korea establishes military-wide command and control system 

It completed a comprehensive project for upgrade and integration of intelligence, communication, computer, collection and sharing systems under one roof. The new system was built over five years at a cost of $124 million

South Korean soldiers during a joint exercise with the US military last month. Photo: Kish Kim/Sipa USA via REUTERS

South Korea has completed a comprehensive project for upgrade and integration of all of its command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) under one command at a cost of $124 million, with a goal of improving its capabilities ahead of future military operations. 

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration announced in Seoul that the command and control system in the framework of its new and comprehensive structure would be able to deal more effectively with battle and war situations. The system will be able to deal with three times as much statistics and data than the previous systems in which four different military and security bodies dealt with collection and sharing of data, statistics and intelligence.  

The Janes website reports that the South Koreans built the system over about five years. Among other things, all of the computer terminals can now be operated remotely and if one is damaged, a backup system goes into action in less than 10 minutes. Thus, continuous collection, communication and distribution of information and intelligence in all of the branches of the military is ensured. 

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