Retired Army Major Gen. Paul Vallely, a senior military analyst for Fox News, revealed in an interview this week that if North Korea were to launch an attack against its southern neighbor, U.S. forces in South Korea could respond in the blink of an eye.
“There’s a vigilant analysis each day in the (U.S.) command centers in South Korea that track anything that moves, so I would say 90 percent of the targets (in North Korea) are in the database,” he told TheBlaze radio host Chris Salcedo. And he used three words to outline the key to success.
“So if we get any indications from the intel agents in North Korea that they’re going to conduct a launch against South Korea, they may get a few leakers off initially, but certainly within an hour we would retaliate with overwhelming offensive capability against North Korea,” he added. “We hope that won’t happen, but we have the capability to do that.”
The North Koreans have a dense and interlocked air defense network, but the force is obsolete and largely incapable of adequately defending against or even detecting full-spectrum stealth aircraft such as the U.S. B-2 bomber and F-22 tactical fighter. Because of their unique properties, these expensive, stealthy platforms would form the backbone of any anti-nuclear operations. Given enough time, the United States could assemble upward of 10 B-2 bombers for a deep-strike mission into North Korea. The shorter combat radius of the F-22 would limit the number of aircraft available for the task, necessitating the deployment of the fighter to regional airfields. This in turn could alert Pyongyang to upcoming offensive operations. Using airfields in Japan and South Korea and operating under a highly restrictive operational security environment, the U.S. Air Force could probably deploy 24 F-22 aircraft for the mission, remaining fairly confident that undue suspicions were not raised in the process.