Accession Number : AD1013821


Title :   China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities Background and Issues for Congress


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : Congressional Research Service Washington United States


Personal Author(s) : O'Rourke,Ronald


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=AD1013821


Report Date : 31 May 2016


Pagination or Media Count : 109


Abstract : China is building a modern and regionally powerful navy with a limited but growing capability for conducting operations beyond Chinas near-seas region. Observers of Chinese and U.S. military forces view Chinas improving naval capabilities as posing a potential challenge in the Western Pacific to the U.S. Navys ability to achieve and maintain control of blue-water ocean areas in wartimethe first such challenge the U.S. Navy has faced since the end of the Cold War. More broadly, these observers view Chinas naval capabilities as a key element of an emerging broader Chinese military challenge to the long-standing status of the United States as the leading military power in the Western Pacific. The question of how the United States should respond to Chinas military modernization effort, including its naval modernization effort, is a key issue in U.S. defense planning. Chinas naval modernization effort encompasses a broad array of platform and weapon acquisition programs, including anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBMs), anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs), submarines, surface ships, aircraft, and supporting C4ISR (command and control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) systems. Chinas naval modernization effort also includes improvements in maintenance and logistics, doctrine, personnel quality, education and training, and exercises.


Descriptors :   MILITARY CAPABILITIES , CHINA , CONGRESS , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , NAVY , MILITARY FORCES (FOREIGN) , MILITARY MODERNIZATION , FOREIGN GOVERNMENT , STRATEGY , BUDGETS , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , NAVAL OPERATIONS , NAVAL WARFARE


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE