Implementation and Absorption Capacity for New Capabilities and Concepts Published Aug. 8, 2022 By HAF/A5SM Strategic Assessments HAF/A5SM Strategic Assessments TOPIC SPONSOR: HAF/A5SM Strategic Assessments Both the USAF (and U.S. Joint Force) and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have ambitious modernization plans. The PLA has a very aggressive spiral development cycle, but little is known about the PLA’s process of turning capability into operational utility. Understanding how the PLA converts knowledge (technology) for use when introducing a new capability will be valuable in determining timelines for future capability and concept employment. While the USAF’s capability development to fielding timeline may lag behind, the United States benefits from a strong history of concept and doctrine development. Using unitary analysis or comparative analysis, examine either or both of the USAF/Joint Force and PLA’s capacity to absorb new capabilities and concepts into demonstrated operational utility, identifying recommendations for accelerating change and innovation at scale within the USAF and DoD. Tedder, Captain Nathan L., "Research and Development Strategy: Next Generation Technology Defeat Mechanisms," SOS AUAR 2021, 7 pgs.