A decade ago, many scholars and policy analysts
who followed China dismissed the People’s Liberation
Army (PLA) as an antiquated force that was essentially
infantry, ...
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A decade ago, many scholars and policy analysts
who followed China dismissed the People’s Liberation
Army (PLA) as an antiquated force that was essentially
infantry, fighting with decades-old weapons, poor
communications, and World War II era doctrine.
China’s nuclear forces were also technologically
outmoded and fixed to silo or tunnel launch sites. Very
little information was available about China’s “Second
Artillery Corps,” as China calls its strategic rocket
forces. The United States knew that the PLA maintained
a separate corps of rocket troops, but its doctrine and
command and control structures remained shrouded
in secrecy. Chinese diplomats, political leaders, and
security thinkers regularly announced that China
would adhere to a “no first use” policy, but very little
published military information was available about
how China intended to use its missile forces in crisis or
Dr. Larry M. Wortzel’s monograph sheds new light
on the operations, training, and doctrine of the Second
Artillery Corps. The PLA is adding modernized mobile
missile forces to the older silo-based strategic forces. At
the same time, China is experimenting with multiple
reentry vehicles, maneuverable reentry vehicles,
and other penetration aids or countermeasures on
its warheads as measures to respond to potential
missile defenses. A nation-wide network of redundant
command and control systems is now deployed around
China to ensure retaliatory capabilities are available
and responsive to the orders of the Chinese Communist
Party’s Central Military Commission. The PLA has
generated new doctrine on how to integrate missile forces into its military campaigns at the operational
level of war while still maintaining the strategic nuclear
However, there are some worrisome aspects to this
modernization. China has mixed nuclear, nuclearcapable,
and conventionally armed missiles into its
theater (or campaign)-level forces. It has worked to
perfect ballistic missiles that can attack moving targets
at sea. Moreover, it has integrated submarine-launched
ballistic missiles into its nuclear doctrine. Among
civilian strategists and military officers, a debate has
developed about the viability of China’s “no-first-use”
pledges in the age of precision weapons and stealth
attack. Additionally, the PLA is now publishing more
military theoretical studies and doctrine on these
changes and how to employ them, providing new
information on China’s capabilities, organization, and
threat perceptions.
We are pleased to present this monograph, which
provides new insights into why China’s leaders and
military thinkers see the United States as a major
potential threat to the PLA and China’s interests. The
monograph also discusses the relationships between
conventional and nuclear ballistic units in war fighting
doctrine. These are critical matters for the Army and
our nation.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148761631
  • Publisher: ReadCycle
  • Publication date: 9/20/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 185 KB

Meet the Author

LARRY M. WORTZEL is a leading authority on China
and Asia. Dr. Wortzel had a distinguished 32-year
military career, retiring as a colonel in 1999. His last
military position was as Director of the Strategic Studies
Institute of the U.S. Army War College. After retiring
from the Army, Wortzel was Asian Studies Center
Director and then Vice President for Foreign Policy
Studies at The Heritage Foundation, a public policy
“think tank” in Washington D.C. He is a commissioner
on the congressionally-appointed U.S.-China Economic
and Security Review. After 3 years in the United
States Marine Corps and some college, Dr. Wortzel
began his professional career assessing political and
military events in China as a sergeant in the U.S. Army
Security Agency in 1970. He gathered communications
intelligence on Chinese military activities in Laos and
Vietnam during the Vietnam War. After Infantry Officer
Candidate School, Ranger, and Airborne training he
was an infantry officer for 4 years. He moved back into
military intelligence in 1977. He has traveled regularly
to China since 1979. He served two tours of duty as
a military attaché at the American Embassy in China.
Dr. Wortzel’s books include Class in China; China's
Military Modernization; The Chinese Armed Forces in the
21st Century; and Dictionary of Contemporary Chinese
Military History. A graduate of the Armed Forces Staff
College and the U.S. Army War College, Dr. Wortzel
earned his B.A. from Columbus College, Georgia, and
his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii.
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