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The People's Liberation Army as Organization

Reference Volume v1.0

Edited by James C. Mulvenon, Andrew N. D. Yang

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This book is the product of a conference, held in October 2000, that brought together many of the nation's top experts to evaluate issues of structure and process in the People's Liberation Army (PLA). The editors believe that fundamental knowledge about the PLA can be ascertained from the study of its organizational structure, and that this type of structure and process analysis is the critical first step toward a revolution in our understanding of the central issues, including how the PLA will fight. The papers in this volume present a comprehensive view of the administrative and operational structure of the PLA. In exhaustive detail, they discuss the leadership, history, organization, functions, and possible future direction of each of the PLA's Commissions and Military Departments.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  • Figures

  • Tables

  • Editor's Note

  • Acknowledgements

    Acknowledgments

  • Glossary

  • Chapter 1

    Introduction to the PLA's Administrative and Operational Structure

  • Chapter 2

    The Central Military Commission and Military Policy in China

  • Chapter 3

    The Pinnacle of the Pyramid: The Central Military Commission

  • Chapter 4

    The General Staff Department of the Chinese People's Liberation Army: Organization, Roles, & Missions

  • Chapter 5

    The General Political Department and the Evolution of the Political Commissar System

  • Chapter 6

    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) General Logistics Department (GLD): Toward Joint Logistics Support

  • Chapter 7

    The General Armament Department

  • Chapter 8

    PLA Ground Forces: Moving Toward a Smaller, More Rapidly Deployable, Modern Combined Arms Force

  • Chapter 9

    PLA Air Force Organization

  • Chapter 10

    The Organization of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN)

  • Chapter 11

    The Chinese Second Artillery Corps: Transition to Credible Deterrence

  • Chapter 12

    The Institutional Lessons Of Disaster: Reorganizing The People's Armed Police After Tiananmen

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