Napisano: 22 Nov 2011 21:06
Citat:Air Force under fire for losing highly classified documents
The Air Force was found to have lost two highly classified documents and failed to notify the proper authorities for several months, once again raising concerns over a lack of security within the military.
According to information revealed by Rep. Shin Hak-yong of the Democratic Party, Operational Plan 3600-06 and Operational Order 2500 were lost in December 2010 after the then-chief of Air Force Operations Command Lieutenant General Lee Young-man reviewed them. Lee is currently serving as the deputy chief of staff of the Air Force.
The documents Operational Plan 3600-06 and Operational Order 2500 are respectively second- and third-grade secrets, and are required to be kept in secure containers with two locking mechanisms.
However, the files were not stored according to regulation and on Dec. 29, several days after the files were first taken out, Lee’s orderly placed them along with others in a truck collecting documents to be destroyed.
The Air Force is said to have noticed that the documents were missing between April and June.
When internal investigations failed to locate the documents, the Air Force reported the developments to the Defense Security Command on Sept. 5, despite being required to report such developments to the counterintelligence division immediately.
An Air Force public relations official refused to comment on the issue.
In the ensuing investigation, the Defense Security Command found that the orderly was told by Lee’s former aide, a colonel, to shred the documents as he was cleaning out his office.
The orderly noticed that the files were marked as classified and considered whether they should be discarded, but decided to do place them in the collection truck without reporting in order to avoid creating extra work, a Defense Security Command official said.
The security command has concluded that information contained in the files has not been leaked.
However, the incident highlights lax information security and the military’s disregard for related regulations, a long-standing issue in the Korean military.
In 2009, contents of a second-grade secret document containing details about Korea and U.S. joint operations in wartime were leaked, and 73 pages of the same operational plans were leaked on the internet in 2007.
The number of information security breaches has also been on the rise.
According to data, 22 such incidents occurred during the first six months of the year. In comparison, the number came in at 29 for last year and 27 in 2009.
Dopuna: 01 Dec 2011 17:36
South Korea unveils tilt-rotor UAV
Dopuna: 02 Dec 2011 18:54
Koreanski Top Gun
Citat:Major named Air Force Top Gun
Maj. Shin Kun-woo of the Air Force’s 122nd Fighter Squadron was named the Top Gun pilot for 2011, the Air Force announced Thursday.
The Air Force has named a Top Gun pilot each year since 1979. The top pilot is selected based on their performance over a period of one year.
The selection criteria include flight experience, level of professional knowledge, physical fitness and operational experience.
The pilots are also judged on their performance in live-fire drills.
According to the Air Force, Shin scored 861.2 points out of a possible 1,000 points to be named this year’s Top Gun pilot.
The Air Force added that Shin also scored the highest points in this year’s live-fire drill to be named the best pilot among those who fly F-15K fighter jets.
Shin graduated from the Korea Air Force Academy and was commissioned in 1997. Shin has been piloting an F-15K since 2007, and currently serves as a flight leader in the 122nd Fighter Squadron.
Shin has clocked 2.400 hours of flight time, including time in an F-4D, during which he received a chief of staff award, the Air Force said.
Dopuna: 06 Dec 2011 17:26
Korea to purchase 170 stealth cruise missiles next year
Citat:A National Assembly official said the government has set aside 388 billion won ($343 million) to procure 177 low-observable, long-range, precision guided stand-off missiles that can be launched from F-15Ks, F-16Ks and other advanced jets after system integration.
Dopuna: 13 Dec 2011 17:14
Boeing delivers 2nd Peace Eye AEW&C aircraft to the Republic of Korea Air Force