/ Published January 01, 2021
PLA Fundamentals Course
CASI hosts a professional development course that we call PLA Fundamentals. This course is free and open to U.S. military, allies, partners, DoD, and USG civilians. We host the course every several months throughout the year. Most iterations take place at National Defense University, but some may take place at other locations around the country. This course focuses on our primary strategic competitor in the Indo-Pacific region. It lays the foundation for understanding the People's Liberation Army (PLA), its organization, culture, personnel, and concepts. All sessions take place at the unclassified level. Click here to put your name on the interested list and we will contact you when we schedule the next course
Learning Objective: Equip attendees with a foundational understanding of the PLA, its culture and operational thought, its constituent parts, and how to leverage that information in an open-source research environment to understand PLA intent.
Desired Learning Outcomes:
Introduction to the PLA
This section covers PLA culture and military thought, organizational structure, personnel management, training, and proficiency. Students will learn to understand how the PLA prepares its forces to fight and the way in which it intends to fight.
PLA Services, the People’s Armed Police, and Militia
This section provides students with a fundamental understanding of the various components of the PLA, People’s Armed Police, and militia. Students will learn how the PLA likely intends to employ these forces, the capabilities of these forces, and the general force laydown.
Other PLA Focus Areas
This section discusses other key issues of concern for the PLA that cross service boundaries. This includes PLA operations in the space, network and electromagnetic spectrum, and nuclear domains. This section also briefly covers PLA sustainment issues.
Point of Contact: Mr. Roderick Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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0830- 0920: Overarching Warfighting Concepts
1030-1100: Non-war Military Activities (Grayzone operations)
1100-1200: Lunch (on your own)
1200-1250: Operational Thought
1300-1350: Training and Proficiency
1400- 1450: Information Domain
1500-1550: Political Work
0900-0950: Command and Control
1200-1250: Intro to the PLA Army
1300-1350: Intro to the PLA Navy
1400-1450: Intro to the PLA Air Force
1500-1550: Intro to the PLA Rocket Force
0800-0850: Intro to the PLA Strategic Support Force
1000-1050: People’s Armed Police and Militia
1100-1150: Equipment and Logistics Support
1200-1250: Nuclear Domain
1300-1350: Space Domain
1400-1450: Network and Electromagnetic Spectrum Domain