Fortifying National Defense in the 21st Century: China Prepares for Global Military Competition

Date:               19 September 2019

Location:       UMW Dahlgren Campus – University Hall (Room 110)

Refreshments will be served at 8:00am, and the lecture begins promptly at 8:30am.

The lecture is open to the public.  Registration is requested as space is limited (registration form below).

Bio: Mr. Mark Cozad is a Senior International Defense Research Analyst at RAND.  Before joining, he served in both the military and intelligence community at the national, operational, and tactical levels and in a variety of functional areas to include intelligence analysis, targeting, operational planning, and strategy development. Mr. Cozad’s current research is focused on understanding the development and application of emerging operational concepts in China and Russia.  In his final assignment in the intelligence community, he served as the Deputy Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for the President’s Daily Brief (PDB).  Immediately preceding his assignment to the ODNI, he was the Defense Intelligence Officer for East Asia.  Mr. Cozad was selected as a Defense Intelligence Senior Level Executive in 2006.

Summary:  Since 2015, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been involved in a comprehensive reform effort that has reshaped its organization, training, operational concepts, strategic management, and readiness for future conflicts. A major thrust in these reform efforts has focused on ensuring that civil and military entities are postured to contribute to China’s national security in both peacetime and war.  This presentation will examine these civil-military integration efforts and their importance to the PLA’s role in the future security environment.