This conference would not have been possible without the generous financial
support of the Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies, whose tireless advocacy
for study of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is well known within the community
of scholars but deserves much wider recognition. Special thanks to Andrew and YiSu Yang for their consistently excellent conference management.
They always create the perfect environment for genuine progress toward a better
understanding of the often opaque Chinese military system.
Everyone in the field looks forward to their annual meeting, both as a gathering of
friends and a community of scholarship.
Special thanks also to Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad, director of the Project AIR FORCE
Strategy and Doctrine Program, for his financial support of the publication of this
conference volume.