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Cyberspace battleground key training tool in war games

A “war” was being waged Sunday across the divided Korean Peninsula with communist fighters bombing U.S. troops, submarines torpedoing ships and tanks shelling enemy bunkers. But casualties weren’t filling field hospitals. This battle was happening in cyberspace, the backbone of massive maneuvers being staged here by U.S. and South Korean forces to practice repelling any North Korean invasion. The United States already has deployed an intimidating array of weaponry for the war games, including the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and a wing of radar-evading stealth fighters, which is here for the first time in a decade. But underpinning the monthlong drills is the Korean Battle Simulation Center in Seoul, where soldiers role-playing U.S. and North Korean forces square off over keyboards 24 hours a day, plotting each other’s destruction. “This is not a video game,” said Jude Shea, the retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. who is running the exercises. The simulation center is in a high-security building filled with rows of computers, dangling wires and huge wall-mounted monitors charting everything from body counts to weather developments. Full Story

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