Denying Access and Gaining Local Superiority?

Denying Access and Gaining Local Superiority?

Put your J-20s and DF-21ds away and listen as I explain the mystery of “anti-access.” It’s actually simpler than it looks.  The term anti-access,  while also referring to state-sponsored proxy forces and middle powers using standoff weaponry, predominately is used in reference to Chinese shore-based anti-ship missiles, fighter craft, and submarines.  Of course, the specific...

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The PLA on Afghanistan

The PLA on Afghanistan

As the Iraq war concludes, there have been plenty of debate in the United States about what specific lessons can be learned from the conflict and the ongoing counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan. Curious about what the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) made of the whole enterprise? Andrew Scobell, David Lai, and Roy Kamphausen have edited...

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Sovereignty and National Defense

Sovereignty and National Defense

As the year comes to a close, discussion of America national security policy has focused on the “pivot” to Asia. Yet, while America is interested primarily in the region as a national security concern, policymakers are less interested necessarily in the divide between America and many Asian states over national security policy. As William Overholt...

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Total War in Cyberspace

Total War in Cyberspace

By now, many may have seen the widely reproduced Adam Segal post on Huang Chunping’s article in China Defense Daily about a cyber-mobilization structure during warfare. Those following the evolution of Chinese information warfare (IW) thought–particularly readers of Timothy Thomas’ various books will find little of particular novelty. I am struck, however, by the continued...

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The Enigma of AirSea Battle

The Enigma of AirSea Battle

Air Sea Battle is taking center stage in the emerging American Pacific regional military strategy. Now that the concept has acquired new-found fame, it has also similarly acquired enemies. Marine Corps War College Professor James Lacey is the latest to attack AirSea Battle as a operational concept elevated to strategy. Bryan McGrath of Information Dissemination...

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