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CASI 2021 4th Quarter Update

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CASI Quarterly update #4 for 2021

Friends of CASI,
As we bring 2021 to a close, we would like to take the chance to thank everyone for their interest and support throughout the year.  Despite being another challenging year, due to COVID, we were able to make progress and return at least parts of normalcy.  We all remained busy with research and writing, and even managed some in-person events.  We look forward to a continued recovery in 2022, and hope to see you all at the biannual CASI Conference in May in D.C.  As for this last quarter of 2021, we kept a pretty good pace.

We were happy to welcome Kristin Burke to the CASI team.  She comes with a terrific background and will be a great asset for CASI going forward. 

And our very own MSgt Samantha Payne was recognized with a Department of the Air Force award for her work on the Women Inclusion Team.

CASI's Foundations of Competition with China video series continues to garner views and accolades.  You can keep up with all of our educational efforts on our website and DVIDS.  CASI’s work was also used in the preparation of the Annual China Power Report.

CASI CONFERENCE 2022- Tuesday, May 17th 2022, at National Defense University

We are pleased to announce that our bi-annual conference (we trade off with our big brothers at CMSI) will be held in May 2022 at NDU.  At this point, we do plan to have an in-person conference.  Obviously, we remain flexible, but plan on joining us in person in the spring.  So, save the date.  We will have more detailed information as the time gets closer, but we wanted to make sure you had plenty of time to plan. 

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. 

Recent Publications

  1. Military Modernization with Chinese Communist Characteristics, in The Diplomat
  2. Released our webinar video on the state of Quantum research and the PRC
  3. The U.S., China, and Artificial Intelligence Competition Factors
  4. Released our webinar video on China’s space capabilities
  5. NATO allies and their contribution to the space domain
  6. PLA Air Force Shifts Transition Training to the Schoolhouse
  7. Released our webinar video on China’s counter-space capabilities
  8. Space Domain Awareness as a Strategic Counterweight
  9. PLA Media’s First Reporting on Rapid Dragon
  10. PLA Terms and Concepts: Training, Exercises, and Education
  11. Females in the PLA Air Force
  12. PLA Rocket Force organization- executive summary
  13. China’s Spaceplane program
  14. China’s Growing On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing Capabilities
  15. Sino-Russian Defense Cooperation’s Impact on Chinese Aerospace RD&A

  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. Lectures on Joint Campaign Information Operations
  2. Xi Jinping’s speech on the 110th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution
  3. Xi calls for breaking new ground in weaponry, equipment development
  4. Services and Arms Application in Joint Operations
  5. Communiqué of the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
  6. The CCP's 3rd ever "History" resolution
  7. China National Nuclear Power appeals for bigger role
  8. Dialectics and the Study of Grand Strategy- A Chinese View
  9. China’s Diplomacy in 2021

CASI’s Competition with China video series

  1. PLA Overall Organization and Personnel
  2. PLA Command and Control

Support to the Warfighter

  1. Supported EWTGLANT with lecture and discussion on information operations
  2. Supported ABMS office
  3. Lectured at ISR and Cyber Effect (ICE) Summit
  4. Hosted event with DIU focused on artificial intelligence and the PRC
  5. Presented at Space Operations Command Commander Conference
  6. Hosted event for ACC focused on cyber issues and China


  1. Lectured at multiple S/NCOA iterations for full course orientation on China
  2. Mentored a Columbia University student (interning at the Institute of World Politics) with work on China national security issues.
  3. Lectured at Combined Forces Air Component Commander course
  4. Held another iteration of PLA Fundamentals course for DAF staff and others
  5. Lectured at Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course
  6. Supported 19th AF with multiple lectures to students, instructors, and staff
  7. Supported Squadron Officer School think tank projects
  8. Provided multiple lectures to ACSC’s Air Superiority event
  9. Lectured at Senior Joint Information Operations Applications 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. Hosted a CHINA Town Hall event with former DASD Sbragia, in conjunction with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
  2. Hosted event for Defense Innovation Unit on The U.S., China, and Artificial Intelligence Competition Factors
  3. Delivered keynote address at Habibie Center webinar “Air Force Intrusions in the Indo-Pacific Airspace: Impacts on Regional Peace and Stability from ASEAN Perspective”
  4. Featured in AFA’s Aerospace Advantage podcast, episode- “China’s Global Intent and Tactics: Adversary Insights”
  5. Interviewed by the South China Morning Post on China’s Military-Civil Fusion Strategy
  6. Engaged with 11th Wing Airmen & CCs, discussed roles in support of Strategic Competition with China
  7. Participated in private roundtable with ADM Philip Davidson
  8. Lectured to Inter-American Air Forces Academy first International SNCOA class, highlighted importance of partners and allies in Strategic Competition.
  9. Guest lecturer at Georgetown University graduate school
  10. Met with a former Cyber Attaché of the Czech Republic.
  11. Gave overview of CASI and engaged with senior cyber leaders (GOFO / SES / CEOs) at the Military Cyber Professionals Association Board of Directors annual meeting. 
  12. Met with department heads, and wargaming lab staff at USAFA
  13. Engaged with NDU President Lieutenant General Michael T. Plehn to give an overview of CASI and possible partnerships in the future
  14. Met with TECRO staff
  15. Supported ARLIS projected related to China
  16. Featured on the Cognitive Crucible Podcast, focused on PLA Information Operations


  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
  5. CASI Researcher selected to be part of the Defense Civilian Emerging Leadership Program.


  1. Attended ICAS event with The Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO Ambassador of Australia to the USA, on Australia's Role for Peace and Security in the Indo-Pacific Region
  2. Attended 2021 AFA Air, Space, & Cyber Conference
  3. Attended 2021 CAPS-RAND-NDU PLA Conference
  4. Attended NDU College of Information and Cyberspace Cyber Beacon Conference
  5. Discussant at ICAS Fall Symposium with the Hon Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Ambassador of India to the USA
  6. Participated in Global Military Satellite conference
  7. Gave presentation at SOSi conference on the CCP at 100
  8. Participated in CAPS-RAND-NDU 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 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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