The People’s Liberation Army in the Information Age

by James C. Mulvenon, Richard H. Yang

Download

Full Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
zip file 0.8 MB

The file(s) provided above are ZIP-formatted archives, which most modern systems can natively unpack. If your computer does not unpack the archive when you double-click it, you may need to use a separate decompression program such as UnZip.

Purchase

Purchase This Item

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart paperback297 pages $60.00 $48.00 20% Web Discount

A July 1998 conference, held in San Diego, California, brought together Chinese military experts to discuss the non-hardware side of the People’s Liberation Army’s modernization. The result is a comprehensive examination of the critical software side, covering topics as diverse as civil-military relations, professionalism, logistics, training, doctrine, systems integration, and force structure. The 13 chapters present a picture of a PLA that has learned much about the right software for successful combat performance but is facing variable success in implementing the necessary changes throughout the system. The Chinese military’s progress in the areas discussed in the papers will ultimately determine whether the PLA will transform itself into a peer competitor with the United States in the 21st century or remain merely a regional military power. The conference was sponsored jointly by the RAND Center for Asia-Pacific Policy and the Taiwan-based Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  • Acknowledgments

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    PLA Studies Today: A Maturing Field

  • Chapter Three

    The Military and China’s New Politics: Trends and Counter-Trends

  • Chapter Four

    PLA Rapid Reaction Forces: Concept, Training, and Preliminary Assessment

  • Chapter Five

    “COSTIND is Dead, Long Live COSTIND! Restructuring China’s Defense Scientific, Technical, and Industrial Sector”

  • Chapter Six

    PLA Air Force Logistics and Maintenance: What has Changed?

  • Chapter Seven

    China’s National Military Strategy

  • Chapter Eight

    The PLA’s Evolving Campaign Doctrine and Strategies

  • Chapter Nine

    The PLA and Information Warfare

  • Chapter Ten

    China’s Defense Industries: A New Course?

  • Chapter Eleven

    Systems Integration in China’s People’s Liberation Army

  • Chapter Twelve

    The PLA and the Telecommunications Industry in China

  • Chapter Thirteen

    A New PLA Force Structure

Research conducted by

This research was conducted within RAND’s Project AIR FORCE.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Conference proceeding series. RAND conference proceedings present a collection of papers delivered at a conference or a summary of the conference.

Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit www.rand.org/about/principles.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.