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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 8:17 p.m. PST

"So " systems of systems "—not individual warriors or ships, planes, or tanks—go to war? Good to know. That's what China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) thinks, at any rate. China's 2015 Military Strategy, for example, vows to employ "integrated combat forces" to "prevail in system-vs-system operations featuring information dominance, precision strikes and joint operations." This is how China's armed forces intend to put the Maoist "military strategic guideline of active defense"—the "essence" of Communist China's way of warmaking—into practice. They will fabricate systems-of-systems for particular contingencies and send them off to battle. Once there they will strive to incapacitate or destroy enemy systems-of-systems. Firm up your own weak spots while assailing an opponent's and you shall go far.

You might call this "joint operations with Chinese characteristics" after the Chinese fashion. Earlier this year RAND analyst Jeffrey Engstrom 's monograph Systems Confrontation and System Destruction Warfare shone a spotlight on this dimension of Chinese strategic and operational thought. Engstrom consulted primary-source debates about systems-of-systems to assemble his report, letting Chinese engineers and strategists speak for themselves.



The observations put forth in Systems Confrontation and System Destruction Warfare are at once banal and enlightening. They're banal in part because system-of-systems engineering is nothing new. It has been around in the West for decades. It got its start among academic engineers in the late 1970s and found favor in the Pentagon during the " transformation" era that came soon after the turn of the century. Almost precisely a decade ago the Defense Department published a Systems Engineering Guide for Systems of Systems , which investigated the rigors of systems-of-systems engineering and explained how to put the concept into effect…."
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nsolomon9912 Sep 2018 3:19 a.m. PST

Theories always look great on paper.

But there is no substitute for actual, real, live, battle experience.

Personal logo SBminisguy Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 7:18 a.m. PST

"prevail in system-vs-system operations featuring information dominance, precision strikes and joint operations." This is how China's armed forces intend to put the Maoist "military strategic guideline of active defense"—the "essence" of Communist China's way of warmaking—into practice.

In other words, Maoist rhetoric aside, they wish to fight like Americans so they can fight Americans…

28mm Fanatik12 Sep 2018 8:15 a.m. PST

Yup. After observing Desert Storm back in '91 the Chinese decided to copy everything the US does, from high tech weaponry to force structure to warfighting doctrine. Can't really blame them for trying to mimic the best and keep up with the Joneses.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 10:27 a.m. PST

Who can blame them for copying the best…? (smile)

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Armand

WarpSpeed Inactive Member12 Sep 2018 11:31 a.m. PST

The term "Best" entails so much baggage.the US has existed in a state of permanent war to deal with internal unemployment and racial issues for decades.Having the biggest budget doesnt buy the top notch.Their infantry and marines have become very good at their jobs but given the current world scenarios other nations come to the fore as well.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 12:58 p.m. PST

"…the US has existed in a state of permanent war to deal with internal unemployment and racial issues for decades…".

LOL.

Thanks for the belly laugh today!

John Leahy14 Sep 2018 4:32 p.m. PST

I had a good laugh about that too!grin

Tgunner15 Sep 2018 3:23 p.m. PST

Yeah, he should take this act on the road.

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