My name is Lt. General Jae-Bock Park, Republic of Korea Air Force, retired, and I have been President of this institution since September 2019.
The KIMA was founded in 1994 as an independent non-profit military-oriented institution tasked with contributing towards improving ROK National Defense and Armed Forces by analyzing defense policy, military strategy and other military matters.
We have invited distinguished and highly experienced retired military officers from the three services of the ROK Armed Force, and also some civilian experts and scholars from various institutions engaged in military studies. This has resulted in some sound and useful suggestions and recommendations for the development of ROK defense policy and military strategy.
KIMA conducts regular and informal academic seminars and forums, and publishes op-ed articles and manuscripts in print and on-line journals, including KIMA Monthly, KIMA Newsletter, Policy Initiatives, Korean Military, and KIMA Media.
All of these activities have led to KIMA being recognized as one of the most distinguished and prominent institutions concerned with studying Korean national security and military affairs. KIMA has surely deserved its reputation as the best place to research these matters: it provides a truly unique platform.
KIMA has engaged in various MND-funded research projects into current and future issues. Our experts explore both operational development and tactical improvements, and are also involved in the development of conceptual theories and practical reform of the ROK military. Many ex-Generals and Admirals have provided leadership as project and program managers, and their experience and expertise in military affairs has proved invaluable.
As president of KIMA, it is my great honor to invite you to participate in KIMA’s research activities, and I am confident that you will make an important contribution to our program.
I look forward to hearing from you in the near future, and anticipate the continuing progress and success of KIMA.
Lt General Jae-Bock Park, ROK Air Force, retired.