Accession Number:

ADA411799

Title:

The People's Liberation Army as Organization. Reference Volume v1.0

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

654.0

Abstract:

This volume is the product of a conference, jointly sponsored by the RAND Center for Asia-Pacific Policy CAPP and the Taiwan-based Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies CAPS. The meeting was held at Airlie House in Warrenton, Virginia from 3-6 August 2000, and brought together many of the nations top experts to evaulate issues of structure and process in the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army PLA. The resulting volume is a pathbreaking reference work on PLA organization. While CAPS provided the primary financial support for the conference, RANDs Center for Asia-Pacific Policy supplied the funding for the publication This volume is a landmark contribution to the field of Chinese military studies. For years, the Soviet military studies field was replete with detailed organizational analyses, but a variety of factors, primarily the opacity of the Chinese system, prevented similar progress in research on the Peoples Liberation Army PLA. Nor was study of PLA organization a high priority for members of the field, given the dearth of knowledge across the board. Instead, the first four decades of PLA studies in the non-governmental realm focused on topics that lent themselves to exploration via limited, official open sources, such as political work or civil-military relations.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE