Andrew S. Erickson

Dr. Andrew S. Erickson is a professor of strategy in the U.S. Naval War College (NWC)?s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) and an Associate in Research at Harvard University?s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Since 2014, he and his colleague Conor M. Kennedy have been conducting and publishing in-depth research on the People?s Armed Forces Maritime Militia (PAFMM) and briefing key U.S. and allied decision-makers on the subject. In 2017 Erickson received NWC?s inaugural Civilian Faculty Research Excellence Award, in part for his pioneering contributions in this area.

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Chinese Naval Shipbuilding: Full Steam Ahead

By Andrew S. Erickson 2019-01-18 15:52:48

In recent years, China has been building ships rapidly across the waterfront. Chinese sources liken this to “dumping dumplings into soup broth.” Now, Beijing is really getting its ships together in both quantity and quality. The world’s largest commercial shipbuilder, it also constructs increasingly sophisticated models of all types of naval ships and weapons systems. What made this possible, and what does it mean? History and Drivers China’s shipbuilding industry enjoyed early and inherent advantages that its aircraft industry, for example, notably lacked. Unlike most...

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Exposed: Pentagon Report Spotlights China?s Maritime Militia

By Andrew S. Erickson 2018-08-27 15:42:00

On August 16, the Pentagon released its annual report to Congress on military and security developments involving the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The single most important revelation alone justifies the 145-page report’s $108,000 cost many times over. Even more than when last year’s report mentioned it for the first time, the U.S. government has officially deployed the formidable credibility of the world’s foremost intelligence collection and analytical capabilities to shine a spotlight and expose the shadowy People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia (PAFMM)....

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