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The People's Liberation Army in the information age
Mulvenon, James C., 1970-
Publication Information:
Santa Monica, Calif. : Rand, [1999]

Physical Description:
ix, 288 pages ; 28 cm.
General Note:
"Supported by the Center for Asia-Pacific Policy and the U.S. Air Force, National Security Research Division, Project AIR FORCE."

Reading Level:
1580 Lexile.
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Central Library UA839.3 .P32 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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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

Prefacep. iii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
1 Introductionp. 1
2 Pla Studies Today: a Maturing Fieldp. 7
3 The Military and China's New Politics: Trends and Counter-Trendsp. 22
4 Pla Rapid Reaction Forces: Concept, Training, and Preliminary Assessmentp. 48
5 Costind Is Dead, Long Live Costind! Restructuring China's Defense Scientific, Technical, and Industrial Sectorp. 59
6 Pla Air Force Logistics and Maintenance: What Has Changed?p. 79
7 China's National Military Strategyp. 99
8 The Pla's Evolving Campaign Doctrine and Strategiesp. 146
9 The Pla and Information Warfarep. 175
10 China's Defense Industries: a New Course?p. 187
11 Systems Integration in China's People's Liberation Armyp. 217
12 The Pla and the Telecommunications Industry in Chinap. 245
13 A New Pla Force Structurep. 258

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