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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
  • ITOW: China National Nuclear Power appeals for bigger role

    Below is a partial translation of a speech by Lu Tiezhong, head of China National Nuclear Power Co., LTD., in the business of the development, investment, construction, operations, and management of nuclear power projects. The Shanghai-listed company is part of the larger China National Nuclear Corporation. The translation is based on a transcript
  • 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
  • ITOW: Communiqué of the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

    The Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China held in Beijing from October 26 to 29, 2020.  There were 198 members of the Central Committee and 166 alternate members of the Central Committee. Members of the Standing Committee of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and responsible comrades from
  • ITOW: The CCP's 3rd ever "History" resolution

    Widely seen as General Secretary Xi Jinping's bid to add himself to the pantheon of the CCP, and lay the foundation for a 3rd term as General Secretary of the CCP, Chairman of the CCP's Central Military Commission, and President of China, the "Resolution of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on the Major Achievements and
  • 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
  • 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
  • Space Domain Awareness as a Strategic Counterweight

    This paper examines the role of space domain awareness (SDA) as a strategic counterweight to potential adversary and competitor actions in space. It argues that awareness of the space environment is fundamental to maintaining and protecting U.S. interests in outer space. The U.S., however, has been slow in developing a SDA capability and must now
  • 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: Ethical Norms for New Generation Artificial Intelligence

    The team at teh Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown is doing great work.  They have translated this document, which is relevant to CASI and our friends.  Please see their translation below.The following document, issued by a state AI governance committee, lays out ethical norms for the use of AI in China. The norms cover areas
  • 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 CHINA TownHall with DASD Chad Sbragia

    CASI is pleased to announce 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. LtCol (Ret) Chad Sbragia served as the inaugural Deputy Assistant
  • 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
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