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  • PLA Rocket Force Organization- Executive Summary

    While recent scholarship has gone a long way toward demystifying China’s missile force, it remains in many ways a poorly understood phenomenon, with an unusually high degree of censorship even by the already strict standards of the PLA. The following is a brief executive summary of a much longer PLARF Order of Battle report. The purpose of the full
  • Competition with China: PLA Command and Control

    Part of CASI's "Competition With China" video series which helps Airmen better understand the strategic competition with China broadly, and takes a deep look at many of the military and security aspects of that competition. CASI uses source documents to research and report on China’s aerospace forces and the civilian and commercial infrastructure
  • PACAF's State of the Game

    In this new era of strategic competition, State of the Game aims to increase PACAF’s collective understanding of the PRC and the Indo-Pacific region. The May issue delves into disinformation about COVID-19 and the May Fourth Movement and how it sets the stage for current CCP-led nationalism. Topics are relevant to all PACAF Airmen and range from
  • Females in the PLA Air Force

    This report discusses the past and present role of females in the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force (PLAAF) to include officers, enlisted personnel, civilian cadre, and civilian personnel. Historically, females in the PLAAF served in two primary roles: transport aircraft pilots and crew members and enlisted
  • PLA Media’s First Reporting on Rapid Dragon

    On 2 November 2021 the media of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) published its first report concerning Rapid Dragon, the U.S. Air Force’s program to develop palletized munitions that can be airdropped from transport aircraft. The report likely indicates that the PLA negatively assesses the threat posed by program.The report was written by
  • Competition With China: PLA Overall Organization and Personnel

    This is the second in CASI's "Competition With China" video series.  This new video series helps Airmen better understand the strategic competition with China broadly, and takes a deep look at many of the military and security aspects of that competition. CASI uses source documents to research and report on China’s aerospace forces and the civilian
  • PLA Air Force Shifts Transition Training to the Schoolhouse

    On October 4 and 5, 2021, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) reported that the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) has begun experimenting with training a brigade of new pilots to fly the J-10, a fourth-generation fighter, at the Shijiazhuang Flight Academy, one of its three flight academies. In the PLAAF, transition training for operational aircraft is
  • In Their Own Words- Services and Arms Application in Joint Operations

    Service and Arms Application in Joint Operations is one of the special series of reference texts written under the PLA Joint Operations Command Talent Cultivation Project of the former Shenyang Military Area Command. It discusses the roles and methods of all Services in integrated joint operations in informationized warfare.Click here for the full
  • 2021 CASI CHINA Town Hall with former DASD Chad Sbragia

    The China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI) joined NCUSCR's Nationwide Live Event on China on Tues 19 October with its local portion via webinar with former DASD Sbragia.     LtCol (Ret) Chad Sbragia served as the inaugural Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China until 2021. In this capacity, he was responsible for advising senior
  • ITOW: Xi calls for breaking new ground in weaponry, equipment development

    The CCP are good communists, which means they are good planners.  They have a plan, they propagate the plan, and they execute against that plan.  We just need to listen to what they are saying.  Here is an excerpt from Xinhua where General Secretary Xi Jinping lays out part of that planXi Jinping, General secretary of the Communist Party of China
  • ITOW: PLA Terms and Concepts: Training, Exercises, & Education

    One of the most difficult aspects of any study on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is deciding on the best method to translate key PLA terms and concepts so that they make sense in a U.S. military context. Unfortunately, most Chinese military dictionaries and encyclopedias provide only a direct English translation for key terms. They do not
  • CASI webinar on PRC Counter-Space

    CASI hosted a webinar that looked at China's Counter-Space capabilities, plans, thinking, etc. with Brian Weeden, Christopher Stone, and Todd Harrison.  You can watch the video at: https://tinyurl.com/CASI-Webinar-PRC-Counter-Space
  • In Their Own Words: Lectures on Joint Campaign Information Operations

    Written by the PRC’s National Defense University (NDU) faculty, with assistance from the General Staff Operations Department and the Academy of Military Sciences, this text contains instructional material for NDU Commander’s Course, Staff Officer, and PLA-wide Information Operations Advanced Studies Courses. Forward looking, and deliberately very
  • CASI Webinar on PRC Space Issues

    The China Aerospace Studies Institute hosted a webinar focused on Space issues and the People's Republic of China featuring Kevin Pollpeter and Kristin Burke.Click here to watch the video: tinyurl.com/CASI-Webinar-PRC-Space210811
  • The U.S., China, and Artificial Intelligence Competition Factors

         As technology continues to progress rapidly, so does its impact on modern warfare. As the world moves deeper into the era of great power competition, this becomes an even more important area to watch. The United States and China are both pursuing high technology very rapidly and with substantial resources. We describe this as a race, but it is
  • China’s Role in Making Outer Space More Congested, Contested, and Competitive

    This paper addresses how China’s rapidly expanding space program challenges U.S. access to space. In 2011, the U.S. National Security Space Strategy described outer space as “congested, contested, and competitive.” As more countries operate in space, the United States has raised concerns over the sustainability of the space environment, the
  • China and Artificial Intelligence

    CASI hosted an expert panel looking at Artificial Intelligence (AI) in China.  You can watch the 90 minute webinar at: Tinyurl.com/CASI-Webinar-AI
  • Assessment of the PLA’s 3-Star Promotions in September 2021

    On 6 September 2021, Xi Jinping, Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party Central Military Commission (CMC), presided over the promotion of two Army lieutenant generals, one Navy vice admiral, and two Air Force lieutenant generals to full general/admiral (3-stars), the highest rank in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). There were several things
  • "Private" Chinese Aerospace Defense Companies- Turkish Version

    A special thanks to Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Gulsen Torunoglu Aslan and Dr.Yucel Topcu for their hard work in translating our report into Turkish.  This is a broad-based, long term, global competition, and we are very thankful to our Allies and Friends for the help and support.Click here for the Turkish version of  “Private” Chinese
  • Uncovering the Truth Behind the PLA Rocket Force’s August 2021 Missile Launch

    On 13 August, the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) conducted a live fire missile launch, likely from the 1st Test and Training District in Jilantai. The missiles impacted at least two targets parked on the apron of the runway at the PLARF’s Ruqiang Target Impact Area which is roughly 1400km west of Jilantai. The lack of observed
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