War games go high-tech

SEOUL: A “war” was being waged yesterday across the divided Korean Peninsula with communist fighters bombing US 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 manoeuvres being staged here by US and South Korean forces to practice repelling a North Korean invasion. 

The United States has already 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 month-long drills is the Korean Battle Simulation Centre here, where soldiers role-playing US 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 US Army Lieutenant Colonel running the countrywide exercises from a high-security building bristling with rows of computers, dangling wires and wall-mounted monitors. – AP  

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