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  • Beijing’s ‘New Normal’ in the Skies around Japan

    At the beginning of March, it was reported that Japan’s Defense Ministry has been limiting the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF) scrambling of aircraft. The JASDF has been scrambling its aircraft many times more than the U.S. Air Force and the air forces of NATO do, raising the possibility

  • 70 Years of the People's Liberation Army Air Force

    For those of you who have the privilege of knowing the great Ken Allen, this book will come as no surprise. For those of you who don’t know Ken personally, trust me when I say he has dedicated his life to the study of the People’s Liberation Army’s Air Force (PLAAF). In many cases, such a statement

  • CASI quarterly update #1 for 2021

    CASI Quarterly update#1 for 2021Friends of CASI,As we welcome Spring, we’d like to update you on CASI’s publications, research, and activities for 2021 so far.   Current Research Joint project with JASDF Center for Air and Space Power Strategic Studies, focused on air threats to Japan Joint project

  • How China Has Integrated Its Space Program Into Its Broader Foreign Policy

    The way that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is governed allows it to pursue a more holistic approach to policy. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) not only controls the government, but also has a presence in every major organization, including economic, technical, and academic entities.

  • Political Commissars of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force

    Knowing one’s counterparts, who they are, how they got there, and who their replacements might be, is important to both leadership and organizations alike. This report provides an overview of the political commissars of the PLA Air Force and is a companion to CASI’s report on the commanders of the

  • In their Own Words: Military-Civil Fusion Lexicon

    This paper is intended as a reference guide for the group of terms frequently used in Chinese official discourse to describe the practice of civil military integration and civil military relations in China.  Although military-civil fusion (MCF) was elevated to a national strategy under Xi Jinping,

  • In Their Own Words: Report on the Work of the Government 2021

    Delivered at the Fourth Session of the 13th National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China on March 5, 2021Li Keqiang Li KeqiangPremier of the State Council Premier of the State CouncilClick here for the full report (in English)

  • PLA Army Air Defense Units Improve Effectiveness, Resiliency, and Jointness

    Between October and November 2020, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) published a series of news reports about the 80th Air Defense Brigade of the PLA Army (PLAA), news reports that featured improvements to the unit’s technology and modes of operation. Three of those improvements are of

  • China’s Ground Segment: Building the Pillars of a Great Space Power

    Space has long been important to national security.  Dating back decades, the “Space Race” was not just about the ideological competition between the communist Soviets and the free West, it had real world national security implications.  That is even more true today.  As technology has advanced and

  • In Their Own Words: The Clean Network

    This is a report from Fudan University from Sept of 2020.  Please click here for the full report  The first part of the report is in Mandarin, the English version starts on page 46.In June 2020, the United States State Department unveiled its Clean Network program, which consists of a series of

  • Initial Fighter Pilot Training in the PLA Air Force

    At the beginning of the 2010s, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force’s (PLAAF’s) program for the initial training of fighter pilots had three problems. First, the program was inordinately long and gradual. Second, the PLAAF lacked an advanced trainer aircraft that was suitable for

  • In Their Own Words: China Coast Guard Law

    Click here for PDF: Coast Guard Law of the People's Republic of China(Announced at the 25th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress on January 22, 2021)Table of ContentsChapter One General PrinciplesChapter Two Institutions and ResponsibilitiesChapter Three Marine

  • Commanders of the PLA Air Force

    In the era of great power competition, it is important to understand all of the actors. Not just organizations and structure, but people as well. On 27 August 2017, Lieutenant General Ding Laihang became the 12th Commander of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force (PLAAF) since 1949. He

  • PLA's Science of Military Strategy (2013)

          The “In Their Own Words” series is dedicated to translations of Chinese documents in order to help non-Mandarin speaking audiences access and understand Chinese thinking. CASI would like to thank all of those involved in this effort, especially the teams from our "big brother"/ 大哥 at the China

  • Achieving the PLA's Strategic Support Force talent needs through MCF

    Successful Military-Civil Fusion integration (MCF) is key to realizing China's military space and cyber ambitions. President Xi Jinping has emphasized the importance of this objective, and the recently established People Liberation Army's Strategic Support Force (PLASSF) is a case in point. The

  • Jiang Luming- Architect of China's Military-Civil Fusion Strategy

    This short report provides biographical information about Major General Dr. Jiang Luming [姜鲁鸣], an influential thinker and strategist, pioneer in the field of defense economics in China and the preeminent scholar behind China’s Military-Civil Fusion (MCF) strategy.Click here for the full PDF