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CASI meets with PLA NDU

CASI Staff participated in the annual exchange between the U.S. National Defense University and the PLA National Defense University.  Lt.General ZHOU Aitnin,...

PLA Air Force's Four "Key Training Brands"

The PLAAF’s desire to advance its strategic transformation through qualitative changes is evidenced by its development of what it calls the “four key training...

Brigadization of the PLA Air Force

In 2016, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) began to implement its 11th large-scale reorganization, including a 300,000-man force reduction. One key...

China Aerospace Studies Institute Staff

The primary location for CASI is Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL. with an operating location also at National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington D.C. ...

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Mission

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"Everything that Flies"

The mission of Air University's China Aerospace Studies Institue (CASI) is to advance understanding of the capabilities, development, operating concepts, strategy, doctrine, personnel, organization, and limitations of China's aerospace forces, which include: the PLA Air Force (PLAAF); PLA Naval Aviation (PLAN Aviation); PLA Army Aviation; PLA Rocket Force (PLARF); the Strategic Support Force (PLASSF), primarily space and cyber; the civilian and commercial infrastructure that supports the above.

CASI supports the Secretary, Chief of Staff, and other senior leaders of the U.S. Air Force.  CASI provides expert research and analysis supporting decision and policy makers in the Department of Defense and across the U.S. government.  CASI can support the full range of units and organizations across the USAF and the DoD. CASI accomplishes its mission through conducting the following activities:  

  • CASI primarily conducts open-source native-language research supporting its five main topic areas. 
  • CASI conducts conferences, workshops, roundtables, subject matter expert panels, and senior leader discussions to further its mission.  CASI personnel attend such events, government, academic, and public, in support of its research and outreach efforts.
  • CASI publishes research findings and papers, journal articles, monographs, and edited volumes for both public and government-only distribution as appropriate. 
  • CASI establishes and maintains institutional relationships with organizations and institutions in the PLA, the PRC writ large, and with partners and allies involved in the region.
  • CASI maintains the ability to support senior leaders and policy decision makers across the full spectrum of topics and projects at all levels, related to Chinese aerospace.

CASI supports the U.S. Defense Department and the China research community writ-large by providing high quality, unclassified research on Chinese aerospace developments in the context of U.S. strategic imperatives in the Asia-Pacific region. Primarily focused on China’s Military Air, Space, and Missile Forces, CASI capitalizes on publicly available native language resources to gain insights as to how the Chinese speak to and among one another on these topics.