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Title: South Korea's Link16-based data network with JP and US
Post by: adroth on January 20, 2018, 04:59:08 AM
Seoul to set up intelligence data link that connects it to Japan-U.S. system

JAN 22, 2016

South Korea will set up a military data link to share imagery and real-time intelligence with Japan and the United States, a Korean news agency quoted the nation’s Defense Ministry as saying Friday.

Yonhap news agency said the South Korean military data network will hook into that operated by United States troops, based in Osan, with a so-called Link 16 connection — a tactical data exchange system used by the U.S. and NATO nations.

This gives Seoul an intelligence link to Tokyo, as the Self-Defense Forces already operate a Link 16 connection to the U.S. network, Yonhap said.

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Work on a broad bilateral deal to share intelligence fell apart in June 2012 shortly before it was due to be approved, at a time of rapid deterioration in Tokyo-Seoul relations. In December 2014, an agreement with Washington pledged greater trilateral sharing of intelligence on North Korea.

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South Korea’s Military Plans To Set Up Network To Share Information On North Korea’s Missiles

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South Korea plans to use Link 16, a military tactical data exchange network used by the U.S. NATO and other countries, to share text and images of North Korea’s nuclear and missile activities on real-time basis, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing the ministry’s 2016 policy plan. The Link 16’s interface control will be connected to that of the United States Forces Korea in Osan Air Base, 39 miles south of Seoul, and will allow South Korea to access U.S. information collected from its Defense Support Program over the Korean Peninsula.

"Despite the U.S.-Japan linkage, information sharing will not take place without the agreement from each side and, even if it takes place, it will be confined to subjects on North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles," a defense official said, according to Yonhap.

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