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This Army War College Letort Paper uses the book Long-
At about the same time Long-
The focus of Long-
The recommendations related to expeditionary operations are couched under the rubric of China’s longstanding “active defense” strategy. As part of active defense, one of the key ideas advanced in Long-
The analysis in this Letort Paper suggests that there is estimative value in tracking the writings of PLA officers advocating new weapons systems, forms of operations, and operational concepts. The research can offer leading indicators of, and context for, emerging PLA capabilities. Observers should compare the ideas in the aspirational literature to actual PLA exercises and training to determine which concepts are being put into practice and at what rate.
Finally, it is important to realize that tracking the careers of individual Chinese military strategist-