Assessing Systemic Strengths and Vulnerabilities of China's Defense Industrial Base
Feb 11, 2022
In response to a requirement in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, the authors examine the strengths and vulnerabilities of China's defense industrial base (DIB) by designing and applying a comparative analytic structure that could be used to assess any country's DIB. They assess six areas: economics; governance and regulations; research, development, and innovation; workforce, labor, and skills; manufacturing; and raw materials.
With a Repeatable Methodology for Other Countries
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In response to a requirement set in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, the authors examine the strengths and vulnerabilities of China's defense industrial base (DIB) by designing and applying a comparative analytic structure that could be used to assess any country's DIB.
This assessment of China's DIB applies the new methodology's focus on six fundamental topics: economics; governance and regulations; research, development, and innovation; workforce, labor, and skills; manufacturing; and raw materials. The methodology was designed as a comparative systems analysis to reveal systemic strengths and vulnerabilities of a country's DIB, and, in doing so for China, the authors have further identified several areas in which China is reliant on the United States and U.S. allies. Coalescing the report's findings into an integrated analysis will provide input to U.S. and other nations' policymakers in an era of renewed strategic competition. The authors also identify information requirements that would improve the assessment of China's and other countries' DIBs in the future.
Governance and Regulations
Research, Development, and Innovation
Workforce, Labor, and Skills
Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, Section 1260C
Assessment Methodology for a Foreign DIB
Our Study Approach
This research was sponsored by Foreign Investment Review, within the Office of Industrial Policy under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, and conducted within the Acquisition and Technology Policy Center of the RAND National Security Research Division.
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