Accession Number:

ADA488286

Title:

China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities -- Background and Issues for Congress

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-08-29

Pagination or Media Count:

90.0

Abstract:

Concern has grown in Congress and elsewhere about Chinas military modernization. The topic is an increasing factor in discussions over future required U.S. Navy capabilities. The issue for Congress addressed in this report is as follows How should Chinas military modernization be factored into decisions about U.S. Navy programs Several elements of Chinas military modernization have potential implications for future required U.S. Navy capabilities. These include theater-range ballistic missiles TBMs, land-attack cruise missiles LACMs, anti-ship cruise missiles ASCMs, surface-to-air missiles SAMs, land-based aircraft, submarines, surface combatants, amphibious ships, naval mines, nuclear weapons, and possibly high-power microwave HPM devices. Chinas naval weaknesses include capabilities for operating in waters more distant from China, joint operations, C4ISR, long-range surveillance and targeting systems, anti-air warfare AAW, antisubmarine warfare ASW, mine countermeasures MCM, and logistics. Observers believe a near-term focus of Chinas military modernization is to field a force that can succeed in a short-duration conflict with Taiwan and act as an anti-access force to deter U.S. intervention or delay the arrival of U.S. forces, particularly naval and air forces, in such a conflict. Chinas naval modernization raises potential issues for Congress concerning the role of China in DoD and Navy planning the size of the Navy the Pacific Fleets share of the Navy forward homeporting of Navy ships in the Western Pacific the number of aircraft carriers, submarines, and ASW-capable platforms Navy missile defense, air-warfare, AAW, ASW, and mine warfare programs Navy computer network security and EMP hardening of Navy systems. This report will be updated as events warrant.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE