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CASI 2018 Conference

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  • China Aerospace Studies Institute, National Defense University

CASI's mission is to advance understanding of China's aerospace forces in support of the Secretary, Chief of Staff, and other senior leaders of the U.S. Air Force (USAF). CASI provides a single point of contact for critical Mandarin language-capable, expert research and analysis supporting decision and policy makers in the Department of Defense and across the U.S. government regarding the Chinese aerospace problem set. In order to accomplish this mission, CASI conducts an aggressive program of research, education, and outreach. This annual conference functions as the focal point to bring the year’s efforts together and present them to a broad audience. Join us and the community of practice for the discussion!

This event is closed to the Press/Media.  Unless specifically stated otherwise, the conference is is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

Attendance is free and registration is open to all. Lunch is available at a cost from the NDU cafeteria, which offers deli sandwiches, salad bar, a hot bar, and grab-and-go items. Uniform is business attire or uniform of the day. There is a parking lot available outside of the venue. The perimeter is access controlled via CAC. If you do not have access, not to worry! Contact us and we will send you the vetting form you will need to get in. Also, plan at least 15 extra minutes into your schedule to navigate security. Ensure you enter through the Fort McNair 2nd Street Gate, which is open 24/7. Once you enter Marshall Hall, signs will direct you to the event and there will be a table to check-in. For additional travel information, directions, lodging recommendations, or any other questions related to the event, please do not hesitate to contact me at tobin@casi-research.org. Once you have registered, please expect to get a follow-up email from me with some additional registration questions.

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-casi-conference-tickets-43482149279


08:00–08:30 a.m. Check-in

08:30–08:45 a.m. Welcome--Dr. Brendan Mulvaney, Director CASI

08:45-09:30 Opening Keynote--MajGen Hiroaki Uchikura, Japan Air Self Defense Force, A5

09:30-10:45 Panel One: Increased PRC Air Activity: Impact on U.S. Interests, Allies, and Partners

   1) Increased PRC Air Operations in the East China Sea- Tim Heath (RAND)

   2) PRC use of Bombers as Strategic Messaging and Deterrence- Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga

   3) Partners and Allies Views- Japan Air Self Defense Force 

   4) Partners and Allies Views- Yuan-Chou Jing

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:15 Panel Two:

PLAAF and Naval Aviation Training and Exercise Integration

   1) Roger Cliff (CNA)

   2) John Robb (NASIC)

   3) Roderick Lee (ONI)

   Moderator: General Larry Welch, USAF (Ret), (IDA)


12:15-13:30 Lunch Break--NDU Cafe Available

13:30-15:00 Panel 3: PLA Space and Advanced Tech


    1) PLA Unmanned Aerial Systems- Elsa Kania (CNAS, CASI Associate)

    2) New trends in China’s Space Program-  Kevin Pollpeter and Brian Waidelich (CNA)

   3) China’s views of Deterrence in Space- Dean Cheng (Heritage, CASI Associate)

   Moderator: Mark Stokes (Project 2049, CASI Associate)

15:00-15:15 Break


15:15-16:15 Closing Keynote - Lt Gen David Thompson, Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command

16:15-16:30 Closing Remarks - Dr. Brendan Mulvaney, Director CASI

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Brendan Mulvaney
Brendan Mulvaney is the Director of the China Aerospace Studies Institute.  Dr. Mulvaney served as a Marine for a quarter of a century, where he flew more than 2000 hours as a AH-1W Cobra pilot, and was an Olmsted Scholar in Shanghai, China.  He served at Camp Pendleton, CA; in China as an Olmsted Scholar at Fudan University, where he earned his Ph.D. in International Relations; in Iraq; in Washington D.C. as the inaugural Director of the Commandant of the Marine Corps' Red Team, and most recently at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis where he was the Associate Chair for Languages and Cultures and taught Chinese language and culture. 
Ken Allen
Ken Allen is the Research Director for CASI at NDU.  Over the past 25 years, his primary focus has been on China’s military organizational structure, personnel, education, training, and foreign relations with particular emphasis on the PLA Air Force. During 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, he served as an enlisted Chinese and Russian linguist and intelligence officer with tours in Taiwan, Berlin, Japan, Hawaii, China, and Washington DC. From 1987-1989, he served as the Assistant Air Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He was inducted into DIA’s Defense Attaché Hall of Fame in 1997. He has B.A. degrees from the University of California at Davis and the University of Maryland and an M.A. degree from Boston University. He has written multiple books, monographs, chapters, journal articles, and online articles on the PLA.  
Major Tobin
Major Catherine Tobin is the Deputy Director of CASI.  Maj Tobin was commissioned in 2004 from ROTC at the University of Michigan with dual B.A. degrees in International Politics and Asian Studies.  Maj Tobin has served 13 years in as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, including a command tour at Hanscom AFB, MA.  In 2010, Maj Tobin earned a Master’s degree in Security Studies: Far East Asia with Mandarin Chinese from the Naval Postgraduate School and Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA.  She has served at the US Embassy-Beijing; US Consulate in Hong Kong; Kabul and Bagram, Afghanistan; and as the China Area Specialist at Joint Task Force Red Eye, among other assignments.  Most recently, Maj Tobin completed a second Master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Command and Staff College as a Distinguished Graduate.