70 Years of the People's Liberation Army Air Force

Kenneth W. Allen and Cristina L. Garafola, China Aerospace Studies Institute, April 2021.


How to Access the Book

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1  Laying the Foundation  30

Chapter 2  The Evolution of PLAAF Strategy, Theory, and “Doctrine”  67

Chapter 3  PLAAF Organizational Structure  102

Chapter 4  PLAAF Personnel System   161

Chapter 5  PLAAF Education System   199

Chapter 6  PLAAF Training System   230

Chapter 7  PLAAF Military Diplomacy, Exchanges, and Cooperation  308

Chapter 8  Predictions for PLAAF Reforms from 2020-2029  340

Appendices  354 



Gen Larry D. Welch, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), 12th Chief of Staff, United States Air Force and Former President and CEO, Institute for Defense Analyses

"....I strongly recommend this book to anyone engaging with the PLAAF."  


Lt Gen James R. Clapper, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Former Director of National Intelligence

"....I would consider [this] book a must-read for anyone who deals with the Chinese and its military components, and of great interest to anyone simply wanting to gain a better understanding of China and its military capabilities."


Lt Gen David A. Deptula, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Dean, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and Former Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR, HQ USAF

"....The book yields real insight into what makes the PLAAF tick, leaving weapon system details to others. This book is a “must read” as a foundation for understanding how the PLAAF got to where it is today and where it is going in the future." 


M. Taylor Fravel, Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and Director, Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"This book will quickly become the definitive guide to understanding China’s Air Force. Allen and Garafola deftly survey the evolution of the PLAAF from strategy and organization to personnel and training. Anyone interested in China’s military modernization should read this book. It is an instant classic."