Second Annual China Aerospace Studies Institute Conference

The second annual China Aerospace Studies Institute conference took place on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at RAND's Arlington, VA office. The conference included paper panels on a variety of topics related to Chinese aerospace power projection development and execution.

See the full conference schedule below.

Chinese Aerospace Power Projection Development and Execution

12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Check-in and light refreshments
1:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Opening Remarks
  • Opening Remarks: Dr. Michael Chase, Senior Political Scientist, RAND; Interim Director, CASI
  • Keynote Speaker: Gen. David L. Goldfein, Vice Chief of Staff, United States Air Force (USAF)
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Panel 1:
The PLAAF's First Steps Towards Becoming an Expeditionary Air Force
  • Paper presenters: Ms. Cristina Garafola, Project Associate, RAND; Mr. Timothy Heath, Senior International Defense Research Analyst, RAND
PLA Naval Aviation Training and Operations Missions, Organizational Structure, and Training (2013-15)
  • Paper presenters: Mr. Kenneth Allen, Senior China Analyst, CASI/Defense Group Inc.; Mr. Lyle Morris, Project Associate, RAND
  • Discussant: Maj Benjamin L. Carroll (USAF), Deputy Director, Asia-Pacific Cell, Strategy Division, Headquarters, United States Air Force
  • Moderator: Dr. Michael Chase, Senior Political Scientist, RAND; Interim Director, CASI
2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Break
2:45 - 4:00 p.m.
Panel 2:
PLAAF Operations Over Water: Building Relevance in a Changing Emerging Security Environment
  • Paper presenters: Mr. Mark Cozad, Senior Defense Research Analyst, RAND; Mr. Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga, Project Associate, RAND
In Line or Out of Order? China's Approach to ADIZ in Theory and Practice
  • Paper presenters: Mr. Edmund Burke, Senior Defense Research Analyst, RAND; Ms. Astrid Cevallos, Project Associate, RAND
  • Discussant: Lt Col Paul Mancinelli (USAF), Joint Staff, J5-China Division
  • Moderator: Dr. Paula G. Thornhill, Director, Strategy and Doctrine Program, Project Air Force, RAND
4:00 - 4:15 p.m.
Break
4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Panel 3:
In with the Old, Out with the New: The Creation of the Strategic Support Force and Its Implications for PLA Space Operations
  • Paper presenter: Dr. Michael Chase, Senior Political Scientist, RAND; Dr. Eric Heginbotham, Senior Political Scientist, RAND; Mr. Kevin Pollpeter, Adjunct International Defense Research Analyst, RAND
  • Discussant: Maj Christopher M Stone (USAF); Strategic Plans and Initiatives Branch, Future Operations Division, NG J-355, National Guard Bureau
  • Moderator: Mr. David Ochmanek, Senior Defense Research Analyst, RAND
5:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Wrap-Up Remarks:
  • Dr. Michael Chase, Senior Political Scientist, RAND; Interim Director, CASI
  • Dr. Carl Rehberg, Technical Director, Air Force Asia-Pacific Cell, Headquarters Air Force