Lost in Translation? U.S. Defense Innovation and Northeast Asia   [open pdf - 2MB]

"There is increasing concern among American strategic thinkers regarding the possibility that U.S. adversaries will utilize 'disruptive technologies' to limit U.S. power-projection capability. Indeed, with China officially identified in the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) as the country that demonstrates the greatest potential to leverage disruptive military technologies, the U.S. strategic community has shared an increasing sense of urgency that the capability gap between the United States and China has been closing quickly. Operational concepts such as Joint Operational Access Concept, Joint Forcible Entry Operations, and more recently the Joint Concept for Access and Maneuver in the Global Commons and Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment and Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations, focus on countering an adversary that employs anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) tactics. They have been driven by heightened concerns about the rapid military modernization undertaken by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the capabilities and technologies in which the PLA has been investing, such as stealth weaponry, cybersecurity, anti-satellite weapons, and cruise missiles. The story that unfolds in Andrew Krepinevich's 2009 book 7 Deadly Scenarios: A Military Futurist Explores War in the 21st Century is demonstrative of American strategic thinkers' concerns about China's A2/AD capability. Krepinevich lays out the case for how, in the event of a crisis over the Taiwan Strait, China's enhanced capabilities in missiles, space weapons, and cyber could effectively handicap the U.S. ability to intervene militarily to stop a Chinese attempt to reunify Taiwan by force." Note: This document has been added to the Homeland Security Digital Library in agreement with the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) as part of the PASCC collection. Permission to download and/or retrieve this resource has been obtained through PASCC.

Author:Tatsumi, Yuki
Publisher:Henry L. Stimson Center
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