Accession Number:

ADA609322

Title:

Maritime Trade Warfare: A Challenge to the Chinese A2/AD System

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-05-15

Pagination or Media Count:

29.0

Abstract:

The modern Chinese anti-access and area denial A2AD systems highlights the added complexity modern weapons and sensors have imposed on maritime warfare. Many discussions focused on how to defeat Chinese A2AD systems and operate effectively in an environment chosen and shaped by our potential adversaries. Such strategies demand a large expenditure of force and hinge on maintaining a technological advantage over adversaries, two assumptions that may not be valid in future conflicts. Attacking China s maritime trade offers an attractive means to realize operational and strategic objectives without directly challenging A2AD systems tasked with sea denial. It is important to evaluate the considerations at the strategic and operational levels for executing a successful maritime trade warfare campaign against China to thwart her prepared A2AD defenses. Operational factors favor such a campaign, methods can be employed to target shipping that intend to violate a blockade, and neutral rights can be protected. By attacking Chinese trade, the United States would weaken and isolate China during a prolonged conflict at a reduced level of risk compared with directly challenging China s A2AD system.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE