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  • PRC Defense S&T Key Lab Directory

    The following directory is Part Two of The PRC State & Defense Laboratory System, a report released by the China Aerospace Studies Institute and BluePath Labs in April 2022. Part One of the report, entitled "The PRC State & Defense Laboratory System: An Overview", described the general structure and

  • PLA Air Force Expands Fourth-Generation Transition Training to Another Academy

    Late in December 2022 the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) indicated that the training of pilots transitioning from trainers to fourth-generation fighters has expanded to another of the PLA Air Force’s (PLAAF) flight academies. Consequently, two of the PLAAF’s three flight academies are now conducting

  • In Their Own Words: China's Aerospace Security Strategic Concept

    According to the idea of defining concepts, analyzing the situation, determining goals and achieving goals, this book involves the basic issues involved in China's aerospace security strategy, including the core concepts of the national aerospace security strategy, the strategic situation facing

  • How China Wins the Cognitive Domain

    The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) believes the cognitive domain is imperative to achieve victory in any conflict. While kinetic attacks have a specific physical target, in the cognitive domain the target is the mind. In conflict, great physical damage can be achieved, but if the adversary still has

  • CSAF Announces CASI Toolkit for China

    Leaders,Understanding China is the pacing challenge as articulated in the National Defense Strategy, we must accelerate learning across the Air Force to stay ahead of the pace.  To ensure all Airmen understand China, the Chinese Communist Party, and the People's Liberation Army, their organization,

  • An Exploratory Analysis of the Chinese Hypersonics Research Landscape

    According to reports, China conducted tests of hypersonic glide vehicles in July and August 2021, which Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley described as “concerning.”1 China’s hypersonic weapons program has drawn significant global attention and research interests in recent years.

  • CASI Webinar on the CCP's 20th Party Congress

    CASI will hold its next Webinar on Wednesday, 7 Dec, at 13:00 Eastern Time via ZOOMGov. This iteration will be an in-depth look at the recent 20th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.  

  • The Centralization of the PLA Air Force’s Basic and Technical Training

    Initial entry training is a major undertaking for any armed force, but China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force (PLAAF) faces a unique set of challenges based on its enlisted force’s large size, relatively short service commitments, and high proportion of technical requirements. Although the

  • Preparing the People’s Liberation Army Militia for War

    Since the inception of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) the militia has played an important role.  In an interview with the Director of the Political Work Bureau of the Hunan Military District Liu Xinwen sums up this sentiment stating, “The militia is the backbone of the people's war [人民战争] . To

  • Sichuan Tengden Technology: Privately Owned, State Sponsored

    Traditionally, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) acquires whole systems that are manufactured or integrated by companies partially- or wholly-owned by the state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that fall under the State Administration for Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND). It

  • ITOW: Report to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China

    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.In the “In Their Own Words” series, CASI and its collaborators aim

  • Strategic Ambiguity and the Deterrent Value of the Sino-Russian Partnership

                The ever deepening Sino-Russian partnership has attracted considerable attention, especially in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.   Although the partnership was outlined first in a 2001 20-year agreement and recently extended in 2021, its parameters remain opaque. In

  • PLA Rocket Force Organization

          The PLA Rocket Force (PLARF), formerly known as the PLA 2nd Artillery Force (PLASAF) until 2016, is responsible for the PLA’s land-based nuclear and conventional ballistic missiles. The Second Artillery Force was officially established in 1966 and given command of China’s small inventory of

  • History of China’s Robotic Lunar Program

    In December of 1978, Deng Xiaoping gave his ground-breaking speech on China’s new policy of “reform and opening up” to the world at the 11th Party Congress. Six months previously, he had addressed an association of Chinese scientists, most of whom had been sent to the countryside for

  • ITOW: Research on Port Landing Operations

    "In Their Own Words" are translations from Chinese source documents In Their Own Words 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

  • Effective Control

    Effectively deterring China or, in the case of a conflict, successfully bringing the conflict to a close will require deep understanding of China’s approach to and priorities in conflict. A term with evolving significance for these issues is “effective control” [有效控制], a concept most prominently

  • Competition with China: Chinese views on Deterrence

    This video is part of CASI's "Competition with China" series. In this video, Colonel Kyle Marcum discusses China's views on deterrence. We need to understand how the Chinese think about deterrence, how they might plan to deter us, how they think we might try to deter them, and how they might react

  • China- The Challenge

    Dr. Brendan Mulvaney, the Director of China Aerospace Studies Institute talks about the challenge the United States faces in regard to China at Air University, July 15, 2022. Mulvaney described that the only real threat to U.S. leadership and global interests around the world is the People's