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CASI 2021 3rd Quarter Update

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CASI Quarterly update  #3 for 2021
Friends of CASI,
     Despite COVID preventing CASI from attending the bi-annual AIRSHOW China in Zhuhai this year, CASI continues to remain busy with research, publications, engagements, and now videos.  Be sure to check our website (https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/CASI/) frequently, and follow us on Social Media to keep up with all of the latest products and projects.

     We are also pleased to announce that we have several new analysts who have joined CASI in the last couple of months.  At CASI-South, MSgt Samantha Payne has joined the team and hit the ground running.  At CASI-North, Mr. Eli Tirk joined us in July, and MSgt Dan Salisbury joined us in August.  We are super excited to have them all on board and contributing to the mission. 

     CASI's Foundations of Competition with China video was chosen by the CSAF for inclusion in the CSAF Leadership Library for September.  We were honored to be included.

     CASI is holding its next installment of the Fundamentals of the People’s Liberation Army three-day course this month, 26-28 Oct.  If you are registered already- then we look forward to seeing you!  If you can’t make this one, but want to attend our next course, likely in late Winter/ early Spring, please let us know. 

     CASI is pleased to announce that Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Chad Sbragia will be our speaker on Tuesday, 19 October at 6:00PM EST for our virtual Town Hall discussion in partnership with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations CHINA Town Hall with Fareed Zakaria.  Please register at: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_mkZvzUYyRU6WyDK5cG7YDA

Current Research

  1. Joint project with Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), focused on how China views deterrence, how they seek to implement it, and what Australia and the U.S. can do about it.  This will serve as the basis for our Bi-Annual CASI Conference in May of 2022.  Stay tuned for more details.

Recent Publications

  1. Russian Participation in PRC Strategic Exercise Emblematic of Improving Military Cooperation
  2. Assessing People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force Missile Brigade Commander Competition – Jianfeng 2021
  3. General Ju Qiansheng Takes Command of the PLA Strategic Support Force
  4. Humans First, Weapon Second? A Preliminary Assessment of People’s Liberation Army Air Force Pilot Health Support Systems
  5. Uncovering the Truth Behind the PLA Rocket Force’s August 2021 Missile Launch
  6. Star General Chang Dingqiu Takes Command of China’s Air Force
  7. China’s Satellite Super Factories and US National Security
  8. The PLA’s Critical Assessment of the Agile Combat Employment Concept
  9. The PLA Air Force’s Efforts Toward Agile Combat Employment
  10. “Private" Chinese Aerospace Defense Companies- Turkish Version
  11. Right Thinking and Self-Criticisms: Military Modernization with Chinese Communist Characteristics
  12. Assessment of the PLA’s 3-Star Promotions in September 2021
  13. China’s Role in Making Outer Space More Congested, Contested, and Competitive
  14. The U.S., China, and Artificial Intelligence Competition Factors

CASI is pleased to offer hard copies of CASI full reports for free.  Please see our website at: https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/CASI/CASI-Publications/  for the full list and for the order form.  Please note- most of the articles and short reports are available in PDF only.

CASI’s “In Their Own Words” – Translations of PRC materials

  1. Forthcoming in early October- Lectures on Joint Campaign Information Operations

CASI’s Competition with China video series

  1. China and Artificial Intelligence
  2. Quantum Technologies and the PRC
  3. PRC Space Issues

Support to the Warfighter

  1. Provided support to A-5/7 for SecAF tasker on PLA modernization efforts
  2. Supported ACC/A3TO with directed research project
  3. Supported 612th Air Operations Center
  4. Provided briefing to 88TES
  5. Participated in Air Force Studies Board symposium
  6. Produced a report on Artificial Intelligence and the PLA
  7. Provided support to AFRL
  8. Supported HAF A8
  9. Supported 250th Intel Squadron
  10. Hosted quarterly webinar for ACC, focused on PRC Space and Counter-Space issues
  11. Supported MCIA team and analysts
  12. Participated in CSAF Roundtable on Indo-Pacific Regional Issues
  13. Featured Speaker at Annual Symposium on PRC Digital Transformation
  14. Provided support to 24th ANS/ANN
  15. Provided support to 26th SAS/SAO


  1. Featured speaker at Joint Information Professionals Course
  2. Lectured at USAF Senior Staff Course
  3. Lectured at SNCOA for full course orientation on China
  4. Delivered Keynote address to AY22 AWC course on Competition with China
  5. Conducted AWC course – The Chinese Warfighter
  6. Conducted ACSC course - Primer for China Aerospace Studies
  7. Lectured at Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course

Engagement and Outreach

In addition to providing support to Air Force staff, CASI has had another busy quarter supporting the USAF and the DoD, as well as our allies, partners, and friends. CASI:

  1. Guest speaker at the African-American China Leadership Fellows Program (AACLF)
  2. Assisted with Under Secretary of the Air Force’s speech preparation, CASI focused on the PLA’s Digital Transformation
  3. Gave keynote speech on CCP at 100 & the Chinese narrative with Lt Gen Jack Shanahan for the Military Cyber Professionals Association Speaker Series.
  4. Talked at a panel on Great Power Competition for the JPME II Senior Leader Foundational Course at the National Defense University College of Information and Cyberspace.
  5. Guest lectured for the JPME II Senior Leader Foundational Course on the Chinese Narrative at the National Defense University College of Information and Cyberspace.
  6. Met with New Zealand Chief of Defense Force Kevin Short at a National Defense University organized event. 
  7. Gave a talk on China’s new National Cyber Center with Brig Gen (Ret) Robert Spalding for the Military Cyber Professionals Association Lecture Series.
  8. Spoke on a panel titled “Cybersecurity in Space” at the Space Education & Strategic Applications Conference. 
  9. Met with Director of OSD Red Team for China-related topics
  10. Interviewed for the Mitchell Institute’s Aerospace Advantage Podcast
  11. Engaged with Commander, 16th Air Force
  12. Hosted China SME meeting at Maxwell AFB
  13. Interviewed on VOA’s “Pro and Con” on AUKUS and the Arms Race in Asia
  14. Participated in SIPRI’s South Asia’s Nuclear Future


  1. Continued working with PACAF, and helping advertise their “State of the Game” newsletter
  2. Participates in weekly Air Staff China synchronization group
  3. Participates in monthly OCEA events focused on China’s economy
  4. Partnering with the Air Force Culture & Language Center and the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center to develop a joint Language Intensive Training Event for Language Scholars


  1. Attended Eleventh Annual South China Sea Conference
  2. Attended 2021 Future Security Forum
  3. Attended 2021 United States Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium
  4. Attended NCUSCR “Engagement Revisited”
  5. Attended Global Taiwan Institute’s Annual Symposium
  6. Participated in the State Department’s Emerging Views of International Space conference

CASI continues its close relationship and holds regular meetings with the HAF and SAF representatives, making sure that our research is policy and plans relevant.


We have selected someone for our position at Maxwell and as soon as all the paperwork is complete, we will certainly publicize who will be joining us. We have several positions at Air University open.  If you, or anyone you know, is interested, please get in touch with us.

CASI Director of Education (GS-13)

CASI Researcher (GS-12)

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