Chinas Use of Power and Implications for the United States Military
Technical Report,25 Jun 2018,23 May 2019
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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Over the last two decades, with US military forces primarily focused on conflict in the Middle East, Chinas power projection proliferated from the Indo-Pacific region and spread Beijings influence across all US geographic combatant command COCOM areas of responsibility AORs. Chinas efforts put US national interests and security at risk and challenged the presence of US hard power resources in regions outside the sustainable operational reach of the Peoples Liberation Army PLA. To fill the gap in the PLAs capabilities, China fostered relationships outside its immediate borders and challenged the Western-dominated status quo across the globe. An operational framework operational close, operational deep, and strategic deep serves to understand the proliferation of Chinas influence across three US COCOMs USINDOPACOM, USCENTCOM, and USAFRICOM. Differences in Eastern and Western thought underpin the difficulty faced by US planners developing operational and strategic plans to address competition. Theoretical definitions of power resources and behaviors across a geographically board arena, coupled with an understanding of organizational culture, provide clarity to Chinas regionally-focused objectives to achieving a China Dream of national rejuvenation. US COCOMs, therefore, plan against the threat Chinas rising competition provokes. Encouragement of synergy amongst COCOMs, flexible and dynamic doctrinal changes, and a whole-of-government approach address challenges relevant to the US military.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Government and Political Science