China's Military Modernization; An Analysis of the PLA Improved Logistic Capability
Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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China is modernizing the Peoples Liberation Army Chinese Military Forces at an expeditive rate in order to meet its strategic objectives. The PLAs logistics are modernizing, a benefactor of Chinas recent military surge. Logistics are the linchpin of the PLAs growing strength and capability. An analysis of the PLAs logistic modernization provides insight in the PLAs strength and capability. This research will focus on the PLA logistics modernization of three categories Sustainment Support support, capacity, and equipment, Information Management organizations, systems, and technical data, and Training Support military exercises, non-military exercises, and humanitarian operations. To know the PLA logistics is to identify their weaknesses. This research will attempt to analyze current PLA logistic weakness and strengths, and how their logistical weaknesses are being mitigated. A continue analysis of their logistical tail and sustainment doctrine will provide strong indicators of the PLA near term and future capability.