CHINA, SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND GREAT POWER COMPETITION

The People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) BRI is currently the world’s largest global foreign investment program and has the potential to shape the future of global sustainable energy. In 2018, fossil fuels met 70% of the world’s increasing energy demand, and developing countries accounted for the majority of that demand. Developing states require tremendous amounts of energy to […]

LOSING THE STRATEGIC “BATTLE” AGAINST THE PRC (BUT NOT THE “WAR”): PT II – TALENT MANAGEMENT

U.S. military culture revolves around the ‘cult of command.’ (In Part I of this two-part series, Hugh Harsono suggested the U.S. military loosen its “inflexibility” as to what it deems a “conflict domain” — and that the Department of Defense [DoD] also deepen its understanding of three specific emerging conflict domains: energy, telecommunications, and cyber. […]

LOSING THE STRATEGIC “BATTLE” AGAINST THE PRC (BUT NOT THE “WAR”): PT I – EMERGING CONFLICT DOMAINS

Despite facing innovative, global rivals, the U.S. military remains a downward-directed, personality-driven organization – one that lacks the flexibility it needs to meet current threats. The word “military” conjures images of rifle-bearing soldiers being yelled at by angry, loud, older leaders, imposing their proverbial ‘my way or the highway’ versions of order. Unfortunately, such images […]

HA/DR: A CASE STUDY FOR POTENTIAL BILATERAL U.S.-CHINA INTEROPERABILITY

It is no secret that the U.S. and Chinese currently compete for influence throughout the world, not only in the Asia-Pacific, but also in regions such as Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. The United States has pivoted from a military strategy focused on countering violent extremist organizations (VEOs), to one more focused on […]

FROM COMPETITORS TO COALITIONS: CAN ARMY SPECIAL OPS FORCES SHOW THE WAY WITH CHINA?

It is not hard to conceive various scenarios in which the U.S. and Chinese militaries would have to conduct combined operations History is replete with alliances among nations who were otherwise competitive with each other. For example, World War II brought together the U.S., Britain, France, and the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany. Today, strategic […]

WHAT THE U.S. MILITARY CAN LEARN FROM THE CHINESE DRONE STARTUP ECOSYSTEM

By relying on large platforms built by large contractors, the U.S. military lacks the small business integration that has given Chinese-based organizations an edge in UAV development. The U.S. military is at risk of missing a huge wave of innovation in unmanned aerial vehicles. The unmanned aerial system/vehicle (UAS/UAV) market has experienced intense growth in […]

CHINA’S CARRIER FLEET SAILS INTO ITS OWN

Chinese development of a homegrown aircraft carrier fleet points to the country’s organic ability to sustain itself, and to fund a modern military capacity that relatively few in the world can afford. It is a symbolic asset more than anything else. China’s recent announcement of its first domestically-built aircraft carrier fleet reflects the country’s newfound […]