The U.S. Navy and Air Force have never been shy about naming China as the USA’s “near-peer” competitor, which makes it interesting that the U.S. Army is a little more circumspect.
In an excellent analysis that is a tad old but by no means dated, Michael Hendricks at the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College explains the barriers that bar the way for the modernization of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), not least of which are domestic politics and an ongoing battle over doctrine. Hendricks also makes a forceful case for military-to-military ties that we all need to keep in mind as those relationships wax and wane.
Well worth the read for the sober and reflective look at a highly politicized topic.
- Chinese army creates nifty iOS propaganda app (tuaw.com)
- No nationalization of military in China: senior PLA officer (redantliberationarmy.wordpress.com)
- China’s Plan to Beat U.S.: Missiles, Missiles and More Missiles (wired.com)
- Chinese Army Targets iPhone, iPads With Propaganda App (wired.com)