“Our mission is to maintain peace and stability, and to deter aggression on the Korean peninsula, and if that should fail we are prepared to fight and win, Our training events are transparent, defense-oriented and designed to increase readiness to defend SoKo.”
It's Foal Eagle 2013!!
The alliance’s largest military exercise of the year, which runs from March 1 to April 30, and involves as many as 200,000 South Korean troops and approximately 11,000 U.S. forces, most of whom will travel to the peninsula specifically for the exercise.
The primary purpose of Foal Eagle is to demonstrate ROK-US military resolve to deter war on the Korean peninsula and to improve the combined and joint operational posture of those forces. Foal Eagle is a purely defensive exercise which tests the capability of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to defend itself, assisted by U.S. armed forces, and it is also primarily a rear area security and stability operations, onward movement of critical assets to the forward area, special operations, ground maneuver, amphibious operations, combat air operations, maritime action group operations and counter special operations forces exercises (CSOFEX).
Foal Eagle is the first in the annual series of Warfighter, Commanders in Chief, command post exercises (CPX) in Korea. This exercise simulates the increase in tensions on the peninsula prior to an opening of hostilities. It targets the coordination between the United States, Republic of Korea forces and civilian authorities for noncombatant evacuation.