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[Organizational Support] Debate Korea sponsored the 21st National Security Debate Competition, join

The 21st National Security Debate Competition was successfully held on November 4th, 2022, co-hosted by the Korea Military Academy and Seoul National University of Education and sponsored by Debate Korea.

The National Security Debate Competition, which has been hosted by the Korea Military Academy for 21 years since 2002 to provide a platform for young people who aspire to play key roles in future national security, gathered around 90 cadets from domestic military academies, 119 students from 41 domestic universities, including Seoul National University and Yonsei University, and 8 students from 8 foreign universities, including the University of California, Berkeley.

This year's competition featured individual presentations and policy comparison debates in a total of five areas related to the Army's goals and visions for 2030, including science/technology, diplomacy/unification. In particular, the policy comparison debate, which was introduced for the first time this year, was conducted using the policy comparison debate format developed by Debate Korea. Participants made innovative policy proposals while engaging in in-depth discussions on the application of cutting-edge science and technology to strengthen our military's ground force (weapons and force support system).

The winner of the competition was "Haetae," a team composed of cadets from the Korea Military Academy and students from Inha University. The team presented the "drone and tank cooperative tactics through the Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T)" and received the Minister of National Defense Award. The final evaluation was conducted by experts in debate and national defense, including Debate Korea Secretary-General Seokho Yun, Seoul National University of Education President Chaesung Lim, and Korea Military Academy Professor Sunsoo Kim. The Superintendent of the Korea Military Academy, Sungdae Jeon, expressed his hope that "the future leaders will actively solve the complex security environment we currently face" and conveyed his continuous interest and support for the event.

Seokho Yoon, Secretary-General of Debate Korea, stated, "Policy comparison debate formats have been gradually taking place in Korea, including last year's '2021 Seoul Youth Policy Debate' and this year's 'KB Solveathon,' as well as the 'National Security Debate Competition.' We hope to more of this style of debate, where young people can systematically propose and discuss their ideas and thoughts."

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