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The DoD Annual China Report 2013 was release a few days ago.  The DoD Annual China Report 2013 provides an unclassified summary of the Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China.  While there have been significant advances by China as they rapidly develop through their own “Industrial Age” while operating in our “Information Age.”

I recommend an immediate read of the DoD Annual China Report 2013 Executive Summary below.  This will give you a good idea of the immediate concerns before you tackle the longer 80 page report.

Executive Summary

Military and Security Developments Involving  the People’s Republic of China 2013The People’s Republic of China (PRC) continues to pursue a long-term, comprehensive military modernization program designed to improve the capacity of its armed forces to fight and win shortduration, high-intensity regional military conflict. Preparing for potential conflict in the Taiwan Strait appears to remain the principal focus and primary driver of China’s military investment. However, as China’s interests have grown and as it has gained greater influence in the international system, its military modernization has also become increasingly focused on investments in military capabilities to conduct a wider range of missions beyond its immediate territorial concerns, including counter-piracy, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, and regional military operations. Some of these missions and capabilities can address international security challenges, while others could serve more narrowly-defined PRC interests and objectives, including advancing territorial claims and building influence abroad.

To support the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) expanding set of roles and missions, China’s leaders in 2012 sustained investment in advanced short- and mediumrange conventional ballistic missiles, land attack and anti-ship cruise missiles, counterspace weapons, and military cyberspace capabilities that appear designed to enable antiaccess/area-denial (A2/AD) missions (what PLA strategists refer to as “counterintervention operations”). The PLA also continued to improve capabilities in nuclear deterrence and long-range conventional strike; advanced fighter aircraft; limited regional power projection, with the commissioning of China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning; integrated air defenses; undersea warfare; improved command and control; and more sophisticated training and exercises across China’s air, naval, and land forces.

During their January 2011 summit, U.S. President Barack Obama and then-PRC President Hu Jintao jointly affirmed that a “healthy, stable, and reliable military-to-military relationship is an essential part of [their] shared vision for a positive, cooperative, and comprehensive U.S.-China relationship.”  Within that framework, the U.S. Department of Defense seeks to build a military-to-military relationship with China that is sustained and substantive, while encouraging China to cooperate with the United States, our allies and partners, and the greater international community in the delivery of public goods. As the United States builds a stronger foundation for a military-to-military relationship with China, it also will continue to monitor China’s evolving military strategy, doctrine, and force development and encourage China to be more transparent about its military modernization program. In concert with its allies and partners, the United States will continue adapting its forces, posture, and operational concepts to maintain a stable and secure Asia-Pacific security environment.

[U.S. Department of Defense]

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The US Arctic Strategy seeks an Arctic region which will be stable and free of conflict, where nations act responsibly in a spirit of trust and cooperation, and where economic and energy resources are developed in a sustainable manner that also respects the fragile environment and the interests and cultures of indigenous peoples.  To achieve the vision of the US Arctic Strategy, the United States is establishing an overarching national approach to advance national security interests, pursue responsible stewardship of this precious and unique region, and serve as a basis for cooperation with other Arctic states and the international community as a whole to advance common interests.

US Arctic StrategyThrough the US Arctic Strategy, the National Strategy for the Arctic Region conveys, the United States’ intention of guiding, prioritizing, and synchronizing efforts to protect U.S. national and homeland security interests, promote responsible stewardship, and foster international cooperation.

The US Arctic Strategy, conveyed in the National Strategy for the Arctic Region, is built on three lines of effort:

1.  Advance United States Security Interests

    • Evolve Arctic Infrastructure and Strategic Capabilities
    • EnhanceArctic Domain Awareness
    • Preserve Arctic Region Freedom of the Seas
    • Provide for FutureUnited StatesEnergy Security

2.  Pursue Responsible Arctic Region Stewardship

    • Protect the Arctic Environment and Conserve Arctic Natural Resources
    • Use Integrated Arctic Management to Balance Economic Development, Environmental Protection, and Cultural Values
    • Increase Understanding of the Arctic through Scientific Research and Traditional

      Knowledge

    • Chart the Arctic region

3.  Strengthen International Cooperation

    • Pursue Arrangements that Promote Shared Arctic State Prosperity, Protect the 

      Arctic Environment, and Enhance Security

    • Work through the Arctic Council to Advance U.S. Interests in the Arctic Region
    • Accede to the Law of the Sea Convention
    • Cooperate with other Interested Parties

The  approach of the US Arctic Strategy will be informed by the following guiding principles:

  • Safeguard Peace and Stability
  • Make Decisions Using the Best Available Information
  • Pursue Innovative Arrangements
  • Consult and Coordinate with Alaska Natives

The US Arctic Strategy will move the United States toward a collaborative and innovative approach to manage a rapidly changing region.

[The White House]

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The Navy Leader Development StrategyTo realize the vision for the leader development strategy, the Navy must embrace institutional and cultural change, setting us on a clear course that guides leader development.

  • Strengthen Our Stewardship of the Naval Profession
  • Increase Our Commitment to Navy Leader Development
  • Adopt New Ways of Thinking
  • Core Elements of Leader Development
  • Leader Development Outcomes
  • Leader Development Continuum
  • Ownership
  • Implementation

Review the entire Navy Leader Development Strategy to gain a much better insight into the Navy’s plans for its method to develop even better leaders!  What do you think the Navy Leader Development Strategy conveys well?  What do you think the Navy Leader Development Strategy needs to improve on to ensure leaders are developed well?

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