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11 April 2024

CMSI Note 5: “Admiral Wang Renhua: Exemplifying Jointness and Oversight for China’s Navy amid Xi’s Grade-and-Rank Reforms”

Andrew S. Erickson, “Admiral Wang Renhua: Exemplifying Jointness and Oversight for China’s Navy amid Xi’s Grade-and-Rank Reforms,” CMSI Note 5 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, 11 April 2023).

From CMSI Director Christopher Sharman:
China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) Friends and Colleagues –
CMSI is pleased to provide you with CMSI Note #5. It elucidates […]

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26 March 2024

China Maritime Report #36: “China’s T-AGOS: The Dongjian Class Ocean Surveillance Ship”

Devin Thorne, China’s T-AGOS: The Dongjian Class Ocean Surveillance Ship, China Maritime Report 36 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, March 2024).
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About the Author
Mr. Devin Thorne is a Principal Threat Intelligence Analyst with Recorded Future. He specializes in the use of publicly available Chinese-language sources to […]

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09 February 2024

China Maritime Report #35: “Beyond Chinese Ferry Tales: The Rise of Deck Cargo Ships in China’s Military Activities, 2023”

A vital, under-researched subject has just been given what we at CMSI call the “Mike Dahm Treatment”! Come for the eye-watering 41 Figures, peruse the 26 Tables, stay for the penetrating analysis…
J. Michael Dahm, Beyond Chinese Ferry Tales: The Rise of Deck Cargo Ships in China’s Military Activities, 2023, China Maritime Report 35 (Newport, RI: […]

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08 February 2024

CMSI Note 4: “Deck Cargo Ships: Another Option for a Cross-Strait Invasion”

Conor M. Kennedy, “Deck Cargo Ships: Another Option for a Cross-Strait Invasion,” CMSI Note 4 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, 8 February 2023).

From CMSI Director Christopher Sharman:
Deck cargo ships. It’s possible you know little about them. Virtually absent from discussions about cross-Strait contingencies is any reference to how deck cargo ships […]

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20 January 2024

CMSI Note 3: “‘Choose the Right Person, Choose the Right Path’: Taiwan’s Cross-Strait, National Security & Defense Policies Under a Lai/Hsiao Administration”

Julia M. Famularo, “‘Choose the Right Person, Choose the Right Path’: Taiwan’s Cross-Strait, National Security & Defense Policies Under a Lai/Hsiao Administration,” CMSI Note 3 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, 19 January 2023).

From CMSI Director Christopher Sharman:
While much has been written about last Saturday’s Presidential elections in Taiwan, few have dared […]

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17 January 2024

The China Maritime Militia Bookshelf: Latest U.S. Gov’t Docs, SECNAV Guidance, Official Video—& More!

Andrew S. Erickson, “Tracking China’s ‘Little Blue Men’—A Comprehensive Maritime Militia Compendium,” China Analysis from Original Sources 以第一手资料研究中国, 17 January 2024.

American & Allied knowledge of the PRC’s Third Sea Force has come a long way since my outstanding Naval War College colleague Professor Conor Kennedy & I began our focused research following his arrival in Newport in […]

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10 January 2024

China Maritime Report #34: “PLAN Submarine Training in the ‘New Era’”

Christopher H. Sharman and Terry Hess, PLAN Submarine Training in the “New Era”, China Maritime Report 34 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, January 2024).

On the afternoon of June 11, 2018, PRC President and CMC Chairman, Xi Jinping climbed aboard a SHANG-class submarine in Qingdao. While aboard, he discussed submarine training with […]

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30 December 2023

CMSI Note 2: “Admiral Dong Jun Engages Friends and Foes: China’s First Naval Defense Minister Brings Joint Operational Experience”

Andrew S. Erickson and Christopher H. Sharman, “Admiral Dong Jun Engages Friends and Foes: China’s First Naval Defense Minister Brings Joint Operational Experience,” CMSI Note 2 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, 30 December 2023).

From CMSI Director Christopher Sharman:

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has a new leader – and he is a Navy guy!

On […]

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27 December 2023

CMSI Note 1: “Admiral Hu to the Helm: China’s New Navy Commander Brings Operational Expertise”

Christopher H. Sharman and Andrew S. Erickson, “Admiral Hu to the Helm: China’s New Navy Commander Brings Operational Expertise,” CMSI Note 1 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, 27 December 2023).

Republished in The Maritime Executive. Click here to listen to this 13:16 “Top Story.”
Quoted by Radio Free Asia.

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30 November 2023

China Maritime Report #33: “China’s Sea-Based Nuclear Deterrent: Organizational, Operational, and Strategic Implications”

David C. Logan, China’s Sea-Based Nuclear Deterrent: Organizational, Operational, and Strategic Implications, China Maritime Report 33 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, December 2023).

About the Author
Dr. David C. Logan is Assistant Professor of Security Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. His research focuses on nuclear weapons, […]

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03 November 2023

China Maritime Report #32: “The PCH191 Modular Long-Range Rocket Launcher: Reshaping the PLA Army’s Role in a Cross-Strait Campaign”

Perfect timing following the 2023 Pentagon China Military Power Report’s long overdue, first-ever mention of the numerous, highly-impactful PCH191 (AKA PHL-16 close-range ballistic missile/CRBM): “The PLAA used its new PCH191 long-range rocket artillery system during live fire events along China’s east coast as a response to the U.S. CODEL in August 2022. The new long-range […]

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29 September 2023

China Maritime Report #31: “China’s Submarine Industrial Base: State-Led Innovation with Chinese Characteristics”

Dr. Kirchberger applies knowledge and methodology from Sinological scholarship, policy expertise, and technical-industrial insights from three years as a naval analyst with shipbuilder TKMS!
Sarah Kirchberger, China’s Submarine Industrial Base: State-Led Innovation with Chinese Characteristics, China Maritime Report 31 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, September 2023).

About the Author
Dr. Sarah Kirchberger is Academic […]

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17 August 2023

China Maritime Report #30: “A Brief Technical History of PLAN Nuclear Submarines”

Christopher P. Carlson and Howard Wang, A Brief Technical History of PLAN Nuclear Submarines, China Maritime Report 30 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, August 2023).
About the Authors
Christopher Carlson is a retired Navy Reserve Captain and Department of Defense naval systems engineer. He began his navy career as a submariner but transitioned […]

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22 July 2023

China Maritime Report #29: “PLAN Mine Countermeasures, Platforms, Training & Civil-Military Integration”

Unique insights on the latest PRC military maritime capabilities and trends from two brilliant, cutting-edge researchers, based on one of the very best papers delivered at CMSI’s April 2023 “Chinese Undersea Warfare” conference!
Brian Waidelich and George Pollitt, PLAN Mine Countermeasures, Platforms, Training, and Civil-Military Integration, China Maritime Report 29 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China […]

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22 June 2023

China Maritime Report #28: “Bitterness Ends, Sweetness Begins: Organizational Changes to the PLAN Submarine Force Since 2015”

Michael Dahm and Alison Zhao, Bitterness Ends, Sweetness Begins: Organizational Changes to the PLAN Submarine Force Since 2015, China Maritime Report 28 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, June 2023).

About the Authors
Michael Dahm is a principal intelligence analyst at the MITRE Corporation where he focuses on Indo-Pacific security issues and challenges presented […]

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12 June 2023

Taiwan Defense Ministry’s Translation of “China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations”

Andrew S. Erickson and Ryan D. Martinson, eds., China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2019; paperback 15 January 2023).

Paperback edition released 15 January 2023!
As with the previous six volumes in our “Studies in Chinese Maritime Development” series, an Amazon Kindle edition is available.

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE ENGLISH-LANGUAGE VOLUME INFORMATION.
Sample Chapters:

Andrew S. Erickson and Ryan […]

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09 June 2023

CMSI China Maritime Report #27: “PLA Navy Submarine Leadership—Factors Affecting Operational Performance”

Roderick Lee, PLA Navy Submarine Leadership—Factors Affecting Operational Performance, China Maritime Report 27 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, June 2023).

About the Author
Roderick Lee is the Director of Research at the Air University’s China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI). Prior to joining CASI, he served as an analyst with the United States Navy […]

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30 May 2023

The China Maritime Militia Bookshelf: U.S. Government Coverage, SECNAV Guidance, Official Video—& More!

Andrew S. Erickson, “Tracking China’s ‘Little Blue Men’—A Comprehensive Maritime Militia Compendium,” China Analysis from Original Sources 以第一手资料研究中国, 30 May 2023.

American & Allied knowledge of the PRC’s Third Sea Force has come a long way since my outstanding Naval War College colleague Instructor Conor Kennedy & I began our focused research following his arrival in Newport in 2014—now […]

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26 May 2023

The Conor Kennedy Bookshelf: Illuminating China’s Maritime Militia, Amphibious + Ro-Ro Vessels, Marine Corps & Belt + Road

Just updated to keep up with the work of a National Treasure—whom I’m honored to call a colleague!
Complete bibliography with excerpts and links to all Conor’s publications in reverse chronological order. Search, scroll, read, enjoy here…
Conor M. Kennedy is a research associate at the U.S. Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI). At CMSI, […]

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