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Dr. Bruce E. Bechtol, Jr., is a Professor of International Relations at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. His previous assignments include: a faculty member of the Air Command and Staff College, an adjunct Visiting Professor at the Korea University Graduate School of International Studies, and an adjunct Professor of Diplomacy at Norwich University. He was an Intelligence Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency, eventually serving as the Senior Analyst for Northeast Asia in the Intelligence Directorate (J2) on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. Before beginning his career at the Defense Intelligence Agency, he was on active duty for 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving at various locations in the western Pacific and East Asia. Formerly the Editor of the Defense Intelligence Journal, Dr. Bechtol also sat on the Editorial Review Board of the East Asian Review. He has written widely on Korean security issues, contributing articles to such journals as the International Journal of Korean Studies, Pacific Focus, Contemporary Strategy, Foreign Policy, the Korea Observer, East Asian Review, the Air and Space Power Journal, the International Journal of Korean Unification Studies, Korean Quarterly, and Occasional Papers: The Journal of the Korea American Historical Society. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the International Council on Korean Studies, Dr. Bechtol sits on the Board of Directors of the Council on U.S.-Korean Security Studies. He is the author of Defiant Failed State: The North Korean Threat to International Security (Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, 2010), Red Rogue: The Persistent Challenge of North Korea (Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, 2007), and the editor of The Quest for a Unified Korea: Strategies for the Cultural and Interagency Process (Quantico, VA: Marine Corps University Foundation, 2007). Dr. Bechtol holds a Ph.D. from the Union Institute.
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Authored by Dr. Paul Rexton Kan, Dr. Bruce E. Bechtol, Jr., Mr. Robert M. Collins.
North Korea’s criminal conduct—smuggling, trafficking and counterfeiting—is well known, but the portion of the government, Office Number 39, which directs it, is understudied or overlooked. This shadowy part of an already opaque government is examined to reveal how it conducts its activities and supports the longevity of the regime.