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Dr. Andrew EricksonNEWPORT, R.I. - Dr. Andrew Erickson, will speak on his book “Chinese Aerospace Power: Evolving Maritime Roles,” as this academic year's first Eight Bells Book Lecture, hosted by the Naval War College Museum, on Thursday, Sept. 8 at noon. 
 
Erickson, a professor with the Naval War College's (NWC) China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI), will introduce CMSI's latest Naval Institute Press volume, "Chinese Aerospace Power: Evolving Maritime Roles." Co-edited by Erickson and Dr. Lyle Goldstein, CMSI's founding director, and containing contributions by many other CMSI members and NWC faculty and students, this is the first book to address both the Chinese aerospace challenge and its implications for U.S. naval strategy.
 
The event will consist of a presentation by Dr. Erickson followed by questions and discussion.  For those without Department of Defense ID cards, please call the Museum at least one work day in advance at 401-841-2101 to make reservations for Eight Bells Book Lecture events or to visit the Museum.

China’s aircraft carrier program is already making major waves well before the first ship has even been completed. Undoubtedly, this development heralds a new era in Chinese national security policy. While "Chinese Aerospace Power" presents substantial new insight on that particular question, its main focus is decidedly broader in scope.

This book offers a comprehensive survey of Chinese aerospace developments, with a concentration on areas of potential strategic significance previously unexplored in Western scholarship. It also links these developments to the vast maritime battlespace of the Asia-Pacific region and highlights the consequent implications for the U.S. military, particularly the U.S. Navy.
 
The possibility of a future Chinese expeditionary force operating off Africa under the protective umbrella of carrier aircraft is not without consequence for the global strategic balance. However, a simpler set of aerospace systems, from microsatellites to unmanned aerial vehicles to ballistic and cruise missiles are already challenging U.S. maritime dominance in East Asia. Cumulatively, progress in all major aerospace dimensions by various elements of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) signifies a new period in which Chinese forces are now decisively altering the complexion of the military balance in the East Asian littoral.
 
While many articles and books have previously been written on Chinese aerospace development and many more discuss future U.S. naval strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, no other book connects the two issues, simultaneously evaluating the Chinese aerospace challenge and its implications for U.S. naval strategy.
 
"Chinese Aerospace Power" offers both broad strategic context for the lay reader and considerable insights for even the most well-informed specialists, with no fewer than five chapters devoting coverage to significant aspects of China’s development of a “carrier killer” anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM).
 
Dr. Andrew S. Erickson is an Associate Professor in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College and a founding member of the department’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI). He is an Associate in Research at Harvard University’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (2008-). Erickson received his Ph.D. and M.A. in international relations and comparative politics from Princeton University and graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College. Erickson is coeditor of, and a contributor to, the Naval Institute Press book series, “Studies in Chinese Maritime Development,” comprising Chinese Aerospace Power (2011), China, the U.S., and 21st Century Sea Power (2010), China Goes to Sea (2009), China’s Energy Strategy (2008), and China’s Future Nuclear Submarine Force (2007).

From China Maritime Studies Institute
Posted by Cmdr. Carla McCarthy

Please note: the views expressed in
"Chinese Aerospace Power" are the authors' own.