Chairman Xi remakes the PLA : assessing Chinese military reforms
- edited by Phillip C. Saunders [and four others].
- Washington, D.C. : National Defense University Press, 2019.
- Physical description
- xi, 768 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Introduction. Chairman Xi remakes the PLA / Joel Wuthnow and Philip C. Saunders
- Part I: Drivers and strategic context. Breaking the Paradigm: Drivers Behind the PLA's Current Period of Reform / David M. Finkelstein ; Choosing the "Least Bad Option": Organizational Interests and Change in the PLA Ground Forces / John Chen ; The Impact of Xi-Era Reforms on the Chinese Navy / Ian Burns McCaslin and Andrew S. Erickson ; The Flag Lags but Follows: The PLA and China's Great Leap Outward / Andrew Scobell and Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga
- Part II: Building a Joint Force. Toward a More Joint, Combat-Ready PLA? / Mark R Cozad ; Coming to a (New) Theater Near You: Command, Control, and Forces / Edmund J. Burke and Arthur Chan ; Handling Logistics in a Reformed PLA: The Long March Toward Joint Logistics / LeighAnn Luce and Erin Richter ; A Modern Major General: Building Joint Commanders in the PLA / Joel Wuthnow and Philip C. Saunders
- Part III: Overhauling Services. PLA Force Reductions: Impact on the Services / Daniel Gearin ; The Biggest Loser in Chinese Military Reforms: The PLA Army / Dennis J. Blasko ; Making Sense of China's Missile Forces / David C. Logan ; China's Strategic Support Force: A Force for a New Era / John Costello and Joe McReynolds
- Part IV: Centralizing Authority. Large and in Charge: Civil-Military Relations under Xi Jinping / Philip C. Saunders and Joel Wuthnow ; The New PLA Leadership: Xi Molds China's Military to His Vision / Joel McFadden, Kim Fassler, and Justin Godby
- Part V. Integrating with Society. Keeping Up with the Jundui: Reforming the Chinese Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Industrial System / Tai Ming Cheung ; Civil-Military Integration and PLS Reforms / Brian Lafferty ; System Overload? The 2015 PLA Force Reduction, Military-Locality Relations, and the Potential for Social Instability / Ma Chengkun and John Chen ; Conclusion: Assessing Chinese Military Reforms, Philip C. Saunders and Joel Wuthnow
- About the Contributors
- "China's current military reforms are unprecedented in their ambition and in the scale and scope of the organizational changes. Virtually every part of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) now reports to different leaders, has had its mission and responsibilities changed, has lost or gained subordinate units, or has undergone a major internal reorganization. Drawing upon papers presented at two conferences co-organized by the U.S. National Defense University, RAND, and Taiwan's Council of Advanced Policy Studies, this edited volume brings together some of the world's best experts on the Chinese military to analyze the various dimensions of the reforms in detail and assess their implications for the PLA's ability to conduct joint operations, for the Chinese Communist Party's control of the army, and for civil-military integration. The contributors review the drivers and strategic context underpinning the reform effort, explore the various dimensions of PLA efforts to build a force capable of conducting joint operations, consider the implications for the PLA services, and examine Xi Jinping's role in driving the reforms through and using them to strengthen control over the military. The chapters chronicle successes and outstanding problems in the reform effort and consider what the net effect will be as the PLA strives to become a "world-class" military by mid-century, if not much sooner."--Page 4 of cover.
- Publication date
- Title Variation
- Chairman Xi remakes the People's Liberation Army
- Assessing Chinese military reforms
- Other than the introduction and conclusion, all the chapters in this book were originally presented as part of the PLA conference series co-sponsored by Taiwan's Council of Advanced Policy Studies (CAPS), National Defense University (NDU), and the RAND Corporation.
- Shipping list no.: 2019-0213-P.
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