Title: Korea ROCK DRILL 4 Outshines the Sun In Hawaii

Release Date: 2016-12-07

Document Date: 2004-02-09

Description: The Korea Issue Management Team held a rock drill in Hawaii designed to test the cryptologic system's capabilities in a war on the Korean peninsula. The scenario was a North Korean attack on South Korea.

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(S//SI) Korea ROCK DRILL 4 Outshines the Sun In Hawaii
FROM:
Data Acquisition Issue Manager/North Korea
Run Date: 02/09/2004
FROM:
Data Acquisition Issue Manager/North Korea
(S//SI) From 20-22 January 2004, the Korea Issue Management Team (IMT) held the first ever
"road" ROCK DRILL at NCPAC in Hawaii. Designed to test the cryptologic system's capabilities
during a transition to war on the Korean Peninsula, this ROCK DRILL, the fourth in a series of
Korean-related exercises, focused on Phases 1 and 2 of OPLANS 5026 and 5027, which detail an
aggressive US/ROK reaction to a North Korean attack on South Korea. These recently-updated
OPLANS formed the basis of scenarios that stressed the cryptologic architecture in a variety of
ways. During three full days of work, the 70 ROCK DRILL participants may have failed to enjoy
the tropical sunlight, but they succeeded in proposing a variety of solutions to mitigate or close
gaps in NSA/CSS's ability to support USFK's newly unveiled Ten Critical Fights.
(S//SI) ROCK DRILL 4 was attended by NSA/CSS participants from South Korea, Japan, Hawaii
and Maryland as well as customers from around the world. BG John DeFreitas, US Forces Korea
(USFK) J2, set the tone by emphasizing that the need for collaborative yet candid discussions of
issues and resolutions. BG DeFreitas then framed the discussions for the ROCK DRILL by
detailing the Ten Critical Fights that that US/ROK Alliance needs to win in order to score a limited
victory (as in OPLAN 5026) or defeat North Korea completely (as in 5027). With this in mind,
the IMT, Military Integration Office (S13) and facilitator
(OPSIGINT) led the group
through a review and modification of the Cryptologic Support Plan and a large-group discussion
of the scenarios. On the third day, the session broke into small groups to discuss issues in the
categories of Collection, IT Infrastructure, Mission Management and Horizontal Synchronization
(how NSA/CSS plans fit with those of other national and tactical intelligence producers). At the
end, customer representatives from the State Department, USFK, and Pacific Command, the
Defense Intelligence Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency were given a chance to
comment on the process and the results, and all expressed excitement and optimism based on
what they had seen.
(S) After the ROCK DRILL, the Korea IMT and its core team, consisting of S13, OPSIGINT, and
our NCPAC hosts, met to match the week's accomplishments against its objectives, critically
analyze the exercise and to determine the way ahead. BG DeFreitas made a surprise visit to this
session and expressed gratitude for NSA's stupendous efforts and declared the ROCK DRILL a
success.
(S) However, for the ROCK DRILL to truly be a success, we must capitalize on this energy. The
Korea IMT is now in the process of digesting the material and will soon tag NSA/CSS people and
organizations with follow-on actions. Those tapped for actions should be aware that the tasking
deadlines will be aggressive. One of the salient points of OPLANs 5026 and 5027 is that it is
defensive and USFK cedes the initiative to North Korea - therefore, NSA/CSS has to be ready to
respond rapidly and on short notice -- North Korea's timeline, not ours.
(S) Next up for the Korea IMT is ROCK DRILL 5 (the US/ROK Alliance takes the offensive),
scheduled for 19-23 April in Seoul.
(U//FOUO) If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
NSTS
, Tim Miner
@nsa, NSTS
), Liz Brooks (
) or
(
@nsa, NSTS
, the NK IMT.

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nsa,
@nsa, NSTS

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