This presentation will provide some early findings from a US DOD-supported research project focusing on the newly-established People's Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) and Strategic Support Force (PLASSF). Drawing primarily from open-source Chinese publications and interviews, the project examines the strategic rationale motivating the formation of these elements of the PLA, discerns possible doctrinal shifts related to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and weapons of mass effect (WME) which the PLARF and PLASSF may undertake, and assesses the implications of these developments for the United States.
China's New Strategic Forces: The PLA Rocket Force and the PLA Strategic Support Force: Implications for the United States
Dr. Bates Gill
Professor of Asia-Pacific Strategic Studies with the Australian National University Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies at Macquarie University
March 6, 2018
E40-496, Lucian Pye Conf Rm