Saturday, July 29, 2017

U.S. Opens A Massive $11 Billion Military Base In South Korea

Washington Post: As North Korea intensifies its missile program, the U.S. opens an $11 billion base in South Korea

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — This small American city has four schools and five churches, an Arby’s, a Taco Bell and a Burger King. The grocery store is offering a deal on Budweiser as the temperature soars, and out front there’s a promotion for Ford Mustangs.

But for all its invocations of the American heartland, this growing town is in the middle of the South Korean countryside, in an area that was famous for growing huge grapes.

“We built an entire city from scratch,” said Col. Scott W. Mueller, garrison commander of Camp Humphreys, one of the U.S. military’s largest overseas construction projects. If it were laid across Washington, the 3,454-acre base would stretch from Key Bridge to Nationals Park, from Arlington National Cemetery to the Capitol.

“New York has been a city for 100-some years and they’re still doing construction. But the majority of construction here will be done by 2021,” Mueller said. (New York was actually founded nearly 400 years ago.)

The U.S. military has been trying for 30 years to move its headquarters in South Korea out of Seoul and out of North Korean artillery range.

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WNU Editor: Now that is a massive base. And while the base may be out of range from North Korea`s artillery, I am sure that there are many North Korean short range missiles pointing at it right now.


Aizino Smith said...

They though about using Phalanx CIWS to protect bases from harassment fire.

It is a bad idea in that the ordinance that does not hit the target has to fall somewhere.

It just really would not work against ballistic missiles.

But they are making advances with lasers to use them in the same role and that is much cleaner.

Between lasers, Patriot and the air force hitting back, just how much stuff will get through.

Aizino Smith said...

I think the base is small compared to many CONUS American bases.

Compared to bases this century it seems ordinary.

fred lapides said...

Mueller makes a dumb statement that "NY is still under construction"...yep. tear down old building put up new one. and then Hudson Yards, etc. a silly comparison