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  • PLAAF Operations Over Water

    Full Report Available- Click Here        As China’s national interests grow globally and the Chinese government seeks to enforce its territorial claims in Asia, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is increasingly called upon to secure and protect these interests. Overwhelmingly, these interests either reside in or rely on the maritime domain. The
  • Battlefield Singularity: Artificial Intelligence, Military Revolution, and China's Future Military Power

    The full report is available from CNAS Although technological advantage has been a key pillar of U.S. military power and national competitiveness, China is starting to catch up in its quest to become a “science and technology superpower” (科技强国). While the U.S. military possessed an early edge in technologies critical to information-age warfare,
  • The Chinese Air Force’s First Steps Toward Becoming an Expeditionary Air Force

    Click here for the full reportIn recent years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has directed the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to develop capabilities to protect China’s interests abroad—both regionally and globally. The PLA Air Force (PLAAF) has made incremental progress in its ability to carry out overseas operations, including organizing and
  • The Creation of the PLA Strategic Support Force and Its Implications for Chinese Military Space Operations

    This report explores the missions and organization of China’s military space enterprise. It focuses on the organizational structure of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Strategic Support Force (SSF). Created on December 31, 2015, as part of a major reorganization of China’s military, the SSF is charged with developing and employing most of the
  • China’s Approach to ADIZ in Theory and Practice

    Click Here for the Full ReportIn November 2013, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) declared an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea (ECS). Even after the immediate backlash from the United States and Japan, the zone’s legitimacy, legality, implementation, and purpose have remained the subjects of debate.Although ADIZs are
  • CASI Participates in the CAPS-RAND-NDU Conference on PLA

    Dr. Mulvaney and Mr. Allen were both invited to be speakers at the annual CAPS-RAND-NDU confernce, which was held in Taipei this year.  This year's conference focused on the continuing PLA Reforms.Conference participants, including Mr. Allen and Dr. Mulvaney, with Defense Minister Feng.  
  • PLAAF Reogranization renaming continues

    One of our translators just found an article from the 24 July 2017 Kongjun Bao about an Eastern Theater Command Air Force air brigade that has a Staff Department instead of a Headquarters Department.So it looks like the change has gone down to at least the division and brigade levels now, which means there are also most likely Political Work
  • China's future satellite navigation will be millimeter-accurate

     Full report and graphics: https://www.popsci.com/china-beidou-3-satellite-navigation-systemThe Beidou 3 will guide military munitions and drones.BBEIDOU LAUNCHThe Beidou satellite is usually launched by LM-3 space launch vehicles.by78China's military is updating its satellite navigation system, launching tech that'll offer super accurate guidance
  • U.S. Intelligence Sees China's Military Expanding Bases Globally

    China’s first overseas military base in the small African country of Djibouti is “probably the first of many” the country intends to build around the world, which could bring its interests into conflict with the U.S., according to American intelligence officials.  “China has the fastest-modernizing military in the world next to the United States,”
  • Conflict with China Revisited Prospects, Consequences, and Strategies for Deterrence

    Although armed conflict between the United States and China is not likely, the possibility is real enough to require prudent policies and effective deterrent measures. In the past six years, the range and capabilities of Chinese air and sea defenses have continued to grow, making U.S. forward basing more vulnerable and the direct defense of U.S.
  • Hypersonic Missile Nonproliferation

    Hypersonic missiles — specifically hypersonic glide vehicles and hypersonic cruise missiles — are a new class of threat because they are capable both of maneuvering and of flying faster than 5,000 kilometers per hour. These features enable such missiles to penetrate most missile defenses and to further compress the timelines for a response by a
  • China’s Strategic Thinking on Building Power in Cyberspace

    China’s Strategic Thinking on Building Power in Cyberspace: A Top Party Journal’s Timely Explanation Translated - New America:The article, which a team of analysts has translated in full below, outlines the major elements of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s strategic thinking on one of Chinese cyberspace policy’s watchwords: 网络强国 (wǎngluò qiángguó).
  • China Leadership Monitor #54

    The Hoover Institution announces that issue no. 54 of the China Leadership Monitor is available online. 
  • Chinese Military Diplomacy, 2003–2016: Trends and Implications

    NDU’s Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs is pleased to announce the publication of China Strategic Perspectives 11: Chinese Military Diplomacy, 2003–2016: Trends and Implications by Kenneth Allen, Phillip C. Saunders, and John Chen. This monograph, originally presented at the CAPS-RAND-NDU PLA conference, examines the objectives,
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