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Joseph S. Bermudez Jr.

Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. is a Strategic Advisor of AllSource Analysis, Inc. and an internationally recognized analyst, author and lecturer on DPRK defense and intelligence affairs and third-world ballistic missile development. Mr. Bermudez has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial analysis and publications industries.

Finding the Real Site for the Pukguksong-2 Launch

Finding the Real Site for the Pukguksong-2 Launch

On Sunday, February 12, 2017, North Korea conducted the first test launch of its “Pukguksong-2, solid-fuel missile,” a land-based version of the KN-11 Pukguksong-1 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), but not from the facility that almost all media sources have reported. The development of the Pukguksong-2 was not unexpected and the [...]

Is the Kalma Ballistic Missile Test Site Ready for an ICBM Launch?

Is the Kalma Ballistic Missile Test Site Ready for an ICBM Launch?

North Korea has recently threatened to conduct its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Last week, media reports even cited “unnamed” South Korean officials stating a test of a previously unknown 2-stage ICBM “may be imminent.” While the North’s ability to produce a 2-stage ICBM is questionable and validity of [...]

North Korean Underground Facility: Probably Not a Ballistic Missile Silo

North Korean Underground Facility: Probably Not a Ballistic Missile Silo

A recent report by Voice of America provided an analytical assessment of a small North Korean installation located in North Pyongan Province near Kumchang-ri concluding that it is a possible ballistic missile silo. Based on an analysis of Google Earth imagery and a comparison with an installation with missile silos in Iran and several facilities [...]

North Korea Drones On: Redeux

North Korea Drones On: Redeux

This article is an updated version of “North Korea Drones On” by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., published on 38 North on July 1, 2014. The recent revelation that a North Korean unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, sometimes called drone) crossed south of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) combined with the April 2012 presentation of domestically manufactured [...]

North Korea’s Exploration for Oil and Gas

North Korea’s Exploration for Oil and Gas

Executive Summary Despite almost 50 years of exploratory surveys, test drillings, foreign investment and assistance and tantalizing potential, North Korea has yet to definitively identify any proven commercially exploitable reserves of crude oil or natural gas. The reasons for this are somewhat complex, but they can be distilled into three [...]

North Korea: Development of Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Continues

North Korea: Development of Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Continues

Commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is continuing the development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) at the Sinpo South Shipyard, including planning for a test of the vertical launch tube intended to fire the weapon. These developments may account for a CNN report on October 9—the eve of the 70th anniversary of [...]

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Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.