The United States could draft a military that could dwarf North Korea’s by fourfold (at least)

There’s no way that North Korea could pose a serious military threat to the United States of America, despite the events depicted in the 2012 update of the classic Red Dawn. Why?

North Korea has no ability to project its forces from the areas directly around the Korean peninsula - North Korea has almost no cargo aircraft, no mid-air refueling capabilities, extremely limited amounts of cargo shipping and no experience in deploying large numbers of troops outside of their borders since the Korean War. Simply put, they can’t get here.

North Korea’s military has not been significantly upgraded since the 1980s - Technologically, with the exception of their nuclear program, North Korea is at least three decades behind the US military. The US could destroy much of North Korea’s military capacity within days of the nation launching a strike on its forces.

North Korea has no navy of any consequence - Not only could North Korea not transport much of its hardware to the US mainland (or even its outlying states and territories) it can’t defend what navy it has from been destroyed by a combination of US naval and air forces.

North Korea’s population is roughly 1/15 that of the United States - Even with its vaunted million man army, North Korea could not muster the necessary force to occupy a nation of 315 million people. The United States could draft a military that could dwarf North Korea’s by fourfold (at least) and it could easily repel a North Korean attack.

North Korea has a single ally of consequence - While China would likely respond if North Korea were invaded in an unprovoked manner, it’s doubtful that it would risk its own security to support a North Korean invasion of the United States. The US , on the other hand has a NATO alliance which is treaty-bound to respond if a member is attacked as well as significant alliances with South Korea and Japan to contain a North Korean assault to the Korean peninsula.

The United States possesses advantages in pretty much every field of importance that would determine the outcome of any war. Aside from the obvious, that its military is both larger and far better funded, supplied, trained, experienced and technologically advanced, it has advantages in terms of its allies, both in numbers and positioning, its resource and manpower base, its geography, availability of finance, population, economic strength, capacity for research and development....

Jim Bellina 

To even countenance striking and conquering the United States, North Korea would have to deal with the US Garrison and the supporting South Korean Army on the same landmass to prevent an immediate retaliation. It would then need some way to eliminate Japan, which would function again as both staging base for US forces, including a USN carrier battle group (the single greatest concentration of conventional military power in the world), and an allied military with a potent air force and naval capability of its own. Assuming it could perhaps do this through nuclear posturing, then there's the small matter of cross the world's largest ocean whilst either avoiding or sinking what would rapidly become the near-entirety of the United States Navy and potentially the US Air Force beside.

Assuming a landing in Alaska or Hawaii, potentially against pre-emplaced US Army and Marine Units, fighting on home soil and with local air support and supply lines, you're already pretty much going beyond the capability of any current non-US military. To even get to this point will have required the largest and longest range amphibious landing in history. And this is assuming your landing fleet has survived the ridiculous surface warfare capability that the US has at its disposable. At this point as well other US allies with significant naval forces, Canada, Australia, to name a few, may also come into play.

Then you hit the Continental US, and a population fifteen times greater than your own, well armed, backing up the world's second largest land army.

This is not a story with a happy ending.

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