President Lee Myung-bak says the nation needs to revise its long-term defense reform plan, "Defense Reform 2020," to adjust to the changing security environment.
Lee made the remarks on Thursday, chairing the first meeting of the Commission for National Security Review.
He also ordered the newly established presidential security panel to enhance military interoperability in order to better adapt to the battlefield conditions of the new era.
Lee ordered the commission to identify the North's current security threats, and review and reform the military's capability to counter the threats. He told the commission to produce long- and short-term measures to strengthen the military's defense capabilities and to improve the welfare of soldiers.
Participants proposed enhancing preparations against the North's special forces and reprioritizing defense capabilities to better respond to security threats from the North.
Lee Sang-woo, the chief of the commission, said his commission will take steps to address the tasks laid out by the president.