Kim Tae-young (general)
Kim Tae-young Minister of National Defense
|Revised Romanization||Gim Tae-yeong|
General Kim graduated from the Republic of Korea Military Academy in 1972. He previously served as Commanding General, 6th Artillery Brigade (1997-1998), Commanding General, 35th Infantry Division (1999-2000), Commanding General, Capital Defense Command (2004-2005), and Chief Director, Joint Operations Headquarters, Joint Chiefs of Staff (2005-2006).
Prior to assuming the position of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2008, he was Commanding General of the First ROK Army.
In September 2009, he replaced Lee Sang-Hee as the 42nd Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense.
Despite being considered as a good military officer with his skill from both inside & outside of the R.O.K. Military, he started to suffer strong criticism after the sinking of ROKS Cheonan. On May 2010, he offered his resignation to President Lee Myung-bak, although it wasn't accepted.
On 25 November 2010, he stepped down from his post as Minister of Defense in the wake of criticism he received for his handling of the shelling of Yeonpyeong. The next day it was announced that his successor would be Kim Kwan-Jin, his JCS Chairmanship predecessor.
- "South Korean defence minister resigns over deadly clash". BBC News Online. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2010.
- "S Korea names Kim Kwan-jin, former JCS chief, as new defense minister". Xinhua. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
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|Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Chief Director of the Joint Defense Headquarters
|Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense
2009 - 2010