Chinese Responses to U.S. Military Transformation and Implications for the Department of Defense

Chinese Responses to U.S. Military Transformation and Implications for the Department of Defense

Chinese Responses to U.S. Military Transformation and Implications for the Department of Defense

Chinese Responses to U.S. Military Transformation and Implications for the Department of Defense

Synopsis

Chinese strategists have avidly consumed DoD writings over the last ten years, and have keenly observed the changing nature of U.S. national strategy and military transformation. Commentary by People&'s Liberation Army (PLA) experts on OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM suggests that Beijing believes the Pentagon&'s efforts at achieving a Revolution in Military Affairs are not just succeeding, but accelerating. Yet the concomitant acceleration of the pace of Chinese military modernization also suggests that the Chinese are not dissuaded by U.S. military prowess, but instead are driven by a range of strategic and military motivations to continue their efforts apace. This report examines potential Chinese responses to U.S. transformation efforts, and offers possible U.S. counter-responses. It should be of interest to analysts, warfighters, and policymakers who seek to better understand the modernization trajectory of the Chinese military, and the potential implications of PLA efforts for U.S. military capabilities in a potential China-Taiwan scenario.
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