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North Korea’s Hidden Assets

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The Pentagon, in theory, works for the American people. All wars are personal because of the suffering they inflict. Renewed fighting with North Korea would be catastrophic in its intensity--and not just for the other side. But most U.S. citizens (and military personnel) are not quite certain why. It has nothing to do with nuclear weapons. This open-source intelligence study answers that question in 13 unsuspected ways. It comes from an authority on the East Asian thought process and light-infantry tactics.

What People Are Saying

"Your gift [of North Korea's Hidden Assets] will be appreciated for many years to come by our students and staff."   
— Acting Provost, U.S. Naval War College

North Korea's Hidden Assets... is a study of open source intelligence that addresses why renewed fighting with North Korea would be catastrophic.... [Poole] is an expert on the East Asian thought process and light-infantry tactics.”  
— Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Spring 2019

"North Korea is far from being a weak and impoverished nation on the verge of collapse. Some of its military capabilities have been hidden from the American public. This book brings the most important to light."  
— Google Books

“Poole’s writing is ... valuable ... for our commanders and troops who may be committed to ... a Korean conflict that would present a much more difficult challenge [than recent foes].” 
— Gen.  Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Ret.), former Head of CENTCOM

“North Korea’s Hidden Assets contains 13 little-known wartime
capabilities of what has been erroneously called the Hermit Kingdom."
—  Maj.Gen. John H. Admire USMC (Ret.), former Head of 1st Marine Division 

“American military ‘leadership’ was stalemated in the Korean War, defeated in the Vietnam War and has been stalemated again for over fifteen years in Afghanistan and Iraq because it believes ...‘technology’ is the answer.”
— Kim Holien, retired U.S. Army historian of 35 years

“Poole’s voice of experience remains clear, coherent, and consistent: not everyone chooses to fight the way we fight.  It’s a perspective and a warning that should inform our planning for both the battlefield and the negotiating table.”
— Dr. Mark Mateski, founder/editor of “Red Team Journal” 

Table of Contents

Part One:  The Competing Styles of Warfare

    Chapter 1:  Relative Degree of Tactical Sophistication         
    Chapter 2:  The 1951-1953 Warning             
    Chapter 3:  Specifics on the KPA’s New Strongpoint Defense
    Chapter 4:  More Tunneling Appears Beneath the Border     
    Chapter 5:  North Korea’s Reunification Strategy         

Part Two:  North Korea’s Early Overseas Adventures

    Chapter 6:  The DPRK’s Early Foreign Involvements     
    Chapter 7:  On What Subject Was the Training Assistance? 
    Chapter 8:  The KPA’s Role in Zimbabwe             
    Chapter 9:  KPA Participation in the Angolan War         

Part Three:  The KPA’s Most Recent Foreign Experience

    Chapter 10:  North Korea’s Latest Activities in Africa   
    Chapter 11:  KPA Helped Hezbollah with Its Defense Line
    Chapter 12:  North Korean Military Assistance Elsewhere 
    Chapter 13:  Evidence of Tactical Intelligence Gathering   

Part Four:  The DPRK’s New Assault Force Phantom

    Chapter 14:  Light Infantry Training Guidance Bureau   
    Chapter 15:  How KPA’s Lead Elements Will Fight       

Part Five:  The DPRK’s Tactical Orientation

    Chapter 16:  North Korean Defense               
    Chapter 17:  North Korean Offense             

Part Six:  Extent of North Korean Technology

    Chapter 18:  DPRK’s Response to Advanced U.S. Systems   
    Chapter 19:  Overwhelming Supply of Man-Portable Weapons   

Part Seven:  The Dangerous Illusion

    Chapter 20:  Will U.S. Know Location of All DPRK Defenses
    Chapter 21:  Asymmetric Activity Around Any Invasion   
    Chapter 22:  DPRK Consolidation of Ground Gained   

    Source Notes                           

About the Author                           
Name Index              

ISBN 978-0-981865997 

Paperback: 302 pages, 47 illustrations, 549 endnotes