Head of Special Operations in Korea Wants Better Intel
Brig. Gen. Neil Tolley, Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command Korea says that current ISR platforms aren’t getting the job done in his area of operations, mostly because the stuff they really want to see is buried underground.
He said that North Korea has some 180 underground munitions facilities, at least 20 underground air bases, and that are four tunnels burrowed under the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. He’s confident that there are “more that we don’t know about.”
Since this is all hidden from satellites and “our ISR platforms are not as effective as we need them to be,” he continued, “we have to put humans there.” Tolley termed these missions “special reconnaissance” and to make them more effective he needs better communications, new and better stand-off intelligence gathering equipment, and smaller radios and sensors. “We need something a soldier can carry on his back,” he said. Since satellite communications are a problem in the region, he also said his forces need better high frequency radios that are “discrete in direction” when sending signals.