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Ken E. Gause is the Director of the Foreign Leadership Studies Program of the Center for Strategic Studies, CNA Corporation, in Alexandria, VA. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on the North Korean leadership, including “The North Korean Leadership: System Dynamics and Fault Lines,” in Kongdan Oh Hassig, et. al., North Korean Policy Elites (Alexandria, VA: Institute for Defense Analyses, 2004); and “Sino-North Korean Military Relations: Comrades-in-Arms Forever?” China Military Digest (London: Janes Publications, April/May 2004).
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Since 1998, Pyongyang's foremost policy has been declared as "military-first." Military leaders in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are very powerful and influential figures. Who are they? What kind of power and influence do these leaders wield, and how do they exert it? How do KPA leaders interact with dictator Kim Jong Il and their civilian counterparts?