Inaugural 2015 China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI) Conference, entitled Assessing Chinese Aerospace Training & Operational Competence. My associates and I are delighted that you joined us for what promises to be an informative and thought-provoking day devoted to learning more and sharing views on Chinese aerospace capabilities.
We are joined today by individuals from government, think tanks, and academia for one purpose: to enhance our understanding of the aerospace component of China’s military modernization efforts.
CASI was formed to fill a niche in this nation’s China research efforts by conducting in-depth, objective research on Chinese aerospace developments – to encompass the PLA Air Force (PLAAF), Naval Aviation, Second Artillery and space assets. CASI’s research staff comprises experts with many years of experience and education in Chinese military affairs, to include facility in Chinese language. This allows CASI to exploit a large and under-utilized body of source material—what the PLA is writing about itself for itself. This conference offers us a chance to share some of the work that CASI researchers have been conducting this year, and to raise awareness of China aerospace issues in the context of U.S. strategic imperatives in the Asia-Pacific region. Learn more about CASI at: http://www.rand.org/paf/casi.html