The Chinese People’s Liberation Army and Space Warfare – Larry M. Wortzel

From American Enterprise Institute:

Space warfare will be an integrated part of battle planning by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in any future conflict. One of the major proponents of integrated space power for the PLA, Major General Cai Fengzhen, believes that “control of portions of outer space is a natural extension of other forms of territorial control,” such as sea or air control. More seriously, because of American superiority in space, China’s theorists treat the United States as the most likely opponent in that domain of war. The head of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Lieutenant General Kevin Campbell, thinks it is possible that “within three years we can be challenged at a near-peer level” by China. This means that China will be capable of “taking out a number of communications capabilities over a theater of war.” [Full Text]

Colonel Larry M. Wortzel (U.S. Army, retired) is the former director of the Asian Studies Center and vice president for foreign policy at the Heritage Foundation.



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