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China's Future Nuclear Submarine Force [Kindle Edition]

Andrew S. Erickson , Andew S. Erickson , Lyle J, Goldstein , William S. Murray , Andrew Wilson
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One of the key concerns of naval strategists and planners today is the nature of the Chinese geostrategic challenge. Conceding that no one can know for certain China s intentions in terms of future conflict, the editors of this hot-topic book argue that the trajectory of Chinese nuclear propulsion for submarines may be one of the best single indicators of China s ambitions of global military power. Nuclear submarines, with their unparalleled survivability, remain ideal platforms for persistent operations in far-flung sea areas and offer an efficient means for China to project power.

This collection of essays presents the latest thinking of leading experts on the emergence of a modern nuclear submarine fleet in China. Each contribution is packed with authoritative data and cogent analysis. The book has been compiled by four professors and analysts at the U.S. Naval War College who are co-founders of the college s recently established China Maritime Studies Institute.

Given the opaque nature of China s undersea warfare development, readers will benefit from this penetrating investigation that considers the potential impact of even the most revolutionary changes in Chinese nuclear submarine capabilities. The editors believe that to ignore such possibilities would be the height of strategic folly and represent inexcusable negligence in terms of U.S. national defense.

Anyone who is interested in the future of the U.S. Navy and the defense of the United States will find this book to be essential reading.


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'Unknowns about China's Navy, especially its nuclear submarines, perplex our security planners. China's Future Nuclear Submarine Force presents the most accurate information and the most savvy analysis available. This thoughtful compendium is vital to any serious discussion of the PLA Navy.' -- Adm. Joseph W. Prueher, USN (Ret.), Former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command and Ambassador to China

'China's undersea fleet has been sharply focused on coastal defense and sea denial, largely in connection with Taiwan contingencies. With this role now assigned to a fleet of increasingly formidable diesel submarines, China's growing nuclear submarine fleet may be about to move beyond symbolism and experimentation to take on strategic missions farther from Chinese shores. This exceptionally fine compendium of essays by scholars and practitioners of submarine warfare brings together in one place most of what we know and don t know about China's nuclear submarine programs and doctrines. By comparing and contrasting the experiences of the U.S. and Soviet navies, the authors offer informed speculation about the possible roles of both nuclear attack and ballistic missile submarines in the rapidly modernizing People's Liberation Army Navy, and discuss the implications of differing scenarios for U.S. strategy and force structure. The result is a benchmark study that will both fascinate and inform anyone concerned with the future uses of sea power and the evolution of maritime strategy.' -- Amb. Chas. W. Freeman Jr., Chairman, Projects International, Inc.,

'Many of these factors have been examined by the US Naval War College in a collection of essays entitled China's Future Nuclear Submarine Force, which was published in 2007 by the Naval Institute Press. This compendium, which in fact delves far deeper into China's wider maritime strategy and its naval modernisation than the title suggests, offers the most comprehensive open-source analysis yet made public of the transformation of the PLAN and the central role that submarines are likely to play in the years ahead. While the Naval War College distances its research and opinions from any official line taken by the US government or the USN, China's Future Nuclear Submarine Force has already become the benchmark unclassified study on the development of the PLAN's sub-surface combat capability.' --Richard Scott, Jane's Navy International, 1 January 2008

'China's undersea fleet has been sharply focused on coastal defense and sea denial, largely in connection with Taiwan contingencies. With this role now assigned to a fleet of increasingly formidable diesel submarines, China's growing nuclear submarine fleet may be about to move beyond symbolism and experimentation to take on strategic missions farther from Chinese shores. This exceptionally fine compendium of essays by scholars and practitioners of submarine warfare brings together in one place most of what we know and don t know about China's nuclear submarine programs and doctrines. By comparing and contrasting the experiences of the U.S. and Soviet navies, the authors offer informed speculation about the possible roles of both nuclear attack and ballistic missile submarines in the rapidly modernizing People's Liberation Army Navy, and discuss the implications of differing scenarios for U.S. strategy and force structure. The result is a benchmark study that will both fascinate and inform anyone concerned with the future uses of sea power and the evolution of maritime strategy.' -- Amb. Chas. W. Freeman Jr., Chairman, Projects International, Inc.,

'Many of these factors have been examined by the US Naval War College in a collection of essays entitled China's Future Nuclear Submarine Force, which was published in 2007 by the Naval Institute Press. This compendium, which in fact delves far deeper into China's wider maritime strategy and its naval modernisation than the title suggests, offers the most comprehensive open-source analysis yet made public of the transformation of the PLAN and the central role that submarines are likely to play in the years ahead. While the Naval War College distances its research and opinions from any official line taken by the US government or the USN, China's Future Nuclear Submarine Force has already become the benchmark unclassified study on the development of the PLAN's sub-surface combat capability.' --Richard Scott, Jane's Navy International, 1 January 2008

About the Author

ANDREW ERICKSON is Assistant Professor in the Strategic Research Department of the Naval War College. He is an expert on Chinese and Japanese national security issues.

LYLE GOLDSTEIN is Associate Professor in the Strategic Research Department of the Naval War College. His primary research interests encompass Chinese maritime development and nuclear strategy.

WILLIAM MURRAY is Associate Professor in the War Gaming Department at the Naval War College. As a retired submariner, his primary expertise concerns Chinese undersea warfare.

ANDREW WILSON is Professor in the Strategy and Policy Department of the Naval War College. His research centers on Chinese military history and China s classical military writings.


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  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 1 edition (April 30, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars good for entry level research November 17, 2013
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It looks deep into the history of hte chinese navy and where it is headed. if you are into the chinese nuclear arsenal, this is a good entry level book. it isn't too hard to understand.
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Dr. Andrew S. Erickson is an Associate Professor in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College and a core founding member of the department's China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI). He is an Associate in Research at Harvard University's John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (2008-). Erickson also serves as an expert contributor to the Wall Street Journal's China Real Time Report (中国实时报), for which he has authored or coauthored 27 articles. In spring 2013, he deployed in the Pacific as a Regional Security Education Program scholar aboard USS Nimitz (CVN68), Carrier Strike Group 11.

Erickson is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the advisory committee for a forthcoming CFR Special Report examining how the United States can limit the proliferation of armed drones. In 2012, the National Bureau of Asian Research awarded him the inaugural Ellis Joffe Prize for PLA Studies. During academic year 2010-11, Erickson was a Fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program in residence at Harvard's Center for Government and International Studies. From 2008-11, he was a Fellow in the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations' Public Intellectuals Program, and served as a scholar escort on a five-Member Congressional trip to Beijing, Qingdao, Chengdu, and Shanghai.

In addition to advising a wide range of student research, Erickson has taught courses at the Naval War College and Yonsei University, and has lectured extensively at government, academic, and private sector institutions throughout the United States and Asia. He has briefed the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations and his Executive Panel, as well as the Secretary of the Navy, other Executive Branch officials, and multiple Members of Congress; and testified before the House Armed Services Committee (Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee) and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He has provided inputs for, and reviews of, various government reports. Erickson previously worked for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a Chinese translator and technical analyst. He has also worked at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, the U.S. Senate, and the White House. Proficient in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, he has traveled extensively in Asia and has lived in China, Japan, and Korea.

Erickson received his Ph.D. and M.A. in international relations and comparative politics from Princeton University and graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in history and political science. He has studied Mandarin in the Princeton in Beijing program at Beijing Normal University's College of Chinese Language and Culture and Japanese language, politics, and economics in the year-long Associated Kyoto Program at Doshisha University.

Erickson's research, which focuses on Asia-Pacific defense, international relations, technology, and resource issues, has been published widely in English- and Chinese-language edited volumes and in such peer-reviewed journals as China Quarterly, Asian Security, Journal of Strategic Studies, Orbis, Asia Policy, Pacific Focus, and China Security; as well as in Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The American Interest, Foreign Policy, Joint Force Quarterly, IHS Jane's, China International Strategy Review (Chinese- and English-language editions), and International and Strategic Studies Report (Center for International and Strategic Studies, Peking University). Erickson has also published annotated translations of several Chinese articles on maritime strategy.

Erickson is the author of Chinese Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Development (2013). His coauthored book, A Low-Visibility Force Multiplier: Assessing China's Cruise Missile Ambitions, is scheduled to be released by National Defense University Press in early 2014. He is coauthor of three additional volumes: a Jamestown Foundation study analyzing the impact of antipiracy deployments on China's blue water presence (forthcoming early 2014) as well as of the CMSI monographs Chinese Antipiracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden (2013) and Chinese Mine Warfare (2009). Erickson is editor of the forthcoming Proceedings of the Forty-Seventh History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics. He is coeditor of, and a contributor to, eight volumes: Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific (2014); the five-volume Naval Institute Press book series, "Studies in Chinese Maritime Development," comprising Chinese Aerospace Power (2011), China, the U.S., and 21st Century Sea Power (2010), China Goes to Sea (2009), China's Energy Strategy (2008), and China's Future Nuclear Submarine Force (2007); as well as the CMSI volume China's Near Seas Combat Capabilities (2014), and the Naval War College Newport Paper China's Nuclear Force Modernization (2005).

Erickson's work has been cited widely in scholarly publications and reports from the U.S. government and think tanks such as RAND and the Brookings Institution. It is also featured in a broad range of television, radio, and Internet forums such as CNN, C-SPAN, the BBC, and the John Batchelor Show. Erickson has been quoted extensively in numerous newspapers, magazines, and online sources, including Wired, Bloomberg, The Economist, and The New York Times.

Erickson is co-founder of China SignPost™ 洞察中国 (www.chinasignpost.com), a research newsletter and web portal that covers key developments in Greater China, with particular focus on natural resource, technology, industry, and trade issues. He has coauthored 80 China SignPost™ reports. Links to these, and his other publications, can be found at China Analysis from Original Sources 以第一手资料研究中国 (www.andrewerickson.com), a website that posts and curates analyses, many based on Chinese-language sources not previously assessed by foreign observers, to offer insights into China and its impact on the world.

Specialties

China's military and foreign policy
Japan/Asia-Pacific security and international relations
Chinese defense science, technology, and industry
Maritime and aerospace technology development, history and current status
Energy, resources, and geostrategy
Military basing and power projection
Sino-American relations and contemporary policy issues


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