Assessing the Training and Operational Proficiency of China's Aerospace Forces

Selections from the Inaugural Conference of the China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI)

by Edmund J. Burke, Astrid Stuth Cevallos, Mark R. Cozad, Timothy R. Heath

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During June 2015, the China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI), in conjunction with Headquarters, United States Air Force, held its inaugural conference titled "Assessing Chinese Aerospace Training and Operational Competence." This volume contains revised versions of three of the papers presented. "PRC Leadership Dynamics Shaping the Future of the PLA Air Force: Examining the Party's Military Reform Efforts" examines the effect that leadership priorities and the composition of the Central Military Commission might have on People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) influence, bureaucratic leverage, and force development goals. "Trends in PLA Air Force Joint Training: Assessing Progress in Integrated Joint Operations" examines the factors and concepts driving PLAAF joint training and evaluates the PLAAF's progress toward achieving this critical component of its long-term modernization objectives. Finally, "New Type Support: Developments in PLAAF Air Station Logistics and Maintenance" details extensive PLAAF efforts to reform its logistics and maintenance systems.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    PRC Leadership Dynamics Shaping the Future of the PLA Air Force: Examining the Party's Military Reform Efforts

    Edmund J. Burke and Astrid Stuth Cevallos

  • Chapter Two

    Trends in PLA Air Force Joint Training: Assessing Progress in Integrated Joint Operations

    Mark R. Cozad and Astrid Stuth Cevallos

  • Chapter Three

    New Type Support: Developments in PLAAF Air Station Logistics and Maintenance

    Timothy R. Heath

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