Taking the Flight to the Enemy: Chinese Thinking About Long-Distance and Expeditionary Operations
Army War College - Strategic Studies Institute Carlisle United States
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This Letort Paper analyzes Long-Distance Operations, a Chinese-language book published by the Peoples Liberation Army PLA Academy of Military Sciences AMS in 2007, as well as several other contemporaneous PLA publications. An assessment of this body of literature shows that Long-Distance Operations provides an internal critique by a PLA strategist of PLA operational and equipment deficiencies. Many of the capabilities, concepts for engaging an enemy, and forms of expeditionary operations called for in Long-Distance Operations have become operational doctrine in the PLA or have been reflected in weapons development programs since the books publication. For instance, the PLA has made long-distance deployments with flotillas and expeditionary task groups, conducted long-range air operations, conducted exercises for long-distance ground force deployments, and used expeditionary forces for non-combatant evacuation operations.