Jaebum Kim

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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

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Jeffery D. Weir, PhD.


The North Korean attacks on the South Korean naval vessel, the Cheonan, and on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong in 2010 have resulted in the deterioration of the relationship between North and South Korea. The death of Kim Jong Il in December 2011 has raised serious concerns over the future of North Korea and political stability on the Korean Peninsula. Against this background, South Korea has continued its agenda of military reform to improve the retention and management of its military personnel. However, South Korea needs better methods and measures for evaluating its personnel to distinguish highly qualified officers from less qualified officers. The purpose of this research is to improve the South Korean Army's method of assessing officers through the use of Decision Analysis principles, especially Value-Focused Thinking. The value model was developed to select officers for long-term retention in the Korean Army. The model should serve as an aid to decision makers who will retain the best officers in the Korean Army based on their abilities.

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