July 24, 1995.

Hon. Sam Nunn,

Ranking Member, Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC.

Dear Senator Nunn: As you well know, our combined forces in Korea face a significant threat from DPRK tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. The growing quantity and capability of this particular threat and the restricted nature of Korean terrain amplify the risk to our forces. This situation, especially on the Korean peninsula, requires that we develop and field TMD systems that are highly flexible, extremely mobile, capable of 360 degree coverage and able to counter the full threat spectrum. Though there is no system that can currently do this job for us, I strongly believe the US Army has clearly articulated the need for such a system through the Corps SAM program.

I understand that recent action by the HNSC and the SASC have essentially terminated the Corps SAM program. I would think that the demise of that program should not be mistakenly linked to the vital Corps SAM requirement. The capability provided by Corps SAM represents one of our more important needs in protecting the force on the peninsula today and in the future. In fact, TMD as a whole is a high priority in our theater and has the support of USCINCPAC as one of the top ten priorities within our FY96 integrated priority list.

While we do have Patriot PAC-2 assets in theater, we remain at risk given the growing and rapidly improving nature of the threat. The termination of Corps SAM continues and increases that risk. I would strongly recommend that Congress reconsider the Corps SAM requirement and restore appropriate funding to protect our forces.


Gary E. Luck,

General, U.S. Army,

Commander in Chief.