Myung R. Bae

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Master of Science

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Craig Brandt, PhD


South Korea is one of the most important allies of the United States. Because of its location in East Asia between China, Japan, and Russia, South Korea is a strategically important partner of the United States. Since the Korean War, the United States and South Korea have tried to maintain the regional stability, and South Korea has played a significant role for the East Asian power balance between those countries. The relationship between the United States and South Korea changed through time from the Korean War to the rebuilding phase of South Korea's economy, and finally a progression towards a more independent South Korea capable of a larger portion of military self-defense. U.S. security assistance program has played a key role to the rebuilding process of South Korea. Security assistance has been used to supplement economic and military enhancement in South Korea. South Korea is one of the best examples that demonstrate intangible U.S. support for nations whose defense was deemed vital to U.S. security.

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Thesis presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisitions Management.