Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Asia and Pacific: The U.S.-China Military Scorecard: Forces, Geography, and the Evolving Balance of Power, 1996-2017

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Asia and Pacific: The U.S.-China Military Scorecard: Forces, Geography, and the Evolving Balance of Power, 1996-2017

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The U.S.-China Military Scorecard: Forces, Geography, and the Evolving Balance of Power, 1996-2017 BY ERIC HEGINBOTHAM, MICHAEL NIXON, FORREST E. MORGAN, JACOB L. HEIM, JEFF HAGEN, SHENG LI, JEFFREY ENGSTROM, MARTIN C. LIBICKI, PAUL DELUCA, DAVID A. SHLAPAK, DAVID R. FRELINGER, BURGESS LAIRD, KYLE BRADY, AND LYLE J. MORRIS. RAND Corporation, 2015, 389 pp.

Heginbotham and his colleagues synthesize a great deal of information that is otherwise hard to find and understand. They develop detailed, rigorously reasoned scorecards that assess how Chinese and U.S. forces would perform against each other in a confrontation over Taiwan or the Spratly Islands. They consider each side's likely ability to cripple its adversary's air bases, sink its surface ships, blind its space satellites, shoot down its fighter planes, and disable its computer networks. …

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