This paper is to analyse the changes in the future war patterns and ROK’s response. To this end the paper is composed of 5 chapters titled instruction; concept, characteristics, types, and evolution of war; changes in the war patterns of the future; Korea's response strategies for the future war.
Truth can be immutable, but everything else changes. War has begun with human history, and today there are still wars in places all over the world. As ages change from agricultural society to industrial society to knowledge and information society, aspects(patterns) of war have also changed. Future warfare includes the 5th dimensional war(in the ground, the sea, the air, the universe, the cyber), the network-centric, the precision strike, the rapid maneuver, the non-gunpowder, the non-lethal, the unmanned robot, the informational & cyber, the asymmetric, the non-linear, and the parallel etc. In response to these changes in the pattern of wars, the ROK military should seek ①to build a future-oriented military force, ②to continuously develop military innovation and preparedness, and ③to develop and establish a paradigm for acquiring the power of technology. A Roman strategist, Vegetius said, ＂If you wish peace, prepare for war.＂ This is a universally accepted maxim in international society today. We must never forget that peace we desire is given when we have the will and ability to keep.