Melanie Berry
Senior Project Manager
Political and Security Affairs

[email protected]

The People's Liberation Army (PLA): An Executive Education Course for Analysts and Practitioners

August 2022

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is pleased to offer the third iteration of its three-day executive education course exploring the history, strategic culture, and increasingly global impact of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on August 17–19, 2022. Participants in this graduate-level course in Washington, D.C., will join a series of interactive seminar-style classes and lunch discussions, as well as a simulation exercise, as part of a curriculum shaped by world-class PLA specialists on one of the world’s most formidable militaries. Session topics range from technological modernization, doctrine, and operational concepts to recruitment, education, and the PLA’s five primary service branches. Chad Sbragia, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China, serves as Senior Mentor, providing key context and takeaways to participants throughout the course.

Chad Sbragia

Chad Sbragia
Course Senior Mentor

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China

The course’s varied curriculum, interactive format, and condensed schedule are tailored to meet the needs of military and civilian practitioners, industry leaders, and research professionals working on China-related security issues, allowing participants to develop a unique skillset to apply to everyday work in government and industry alike.


August 17–19, 2022
8:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EDT


Washington, D.C.

Application Deadline

July 29, 2022


$3,500 (Includes readings and other materials.)

Where to Apply


Session List (August 2022)
PLA History and Strategic Culture David Finkelstein
Civil-Military Relations: The Role of the PLA in the Chinese Party-State Timothy Heath
Recruitment, Training, and Education Morgan Clemens
Strategy, Doctrine, and Operational Concepts TBA
PLA Organization and Reform Philip Saunders
Air, Ground, and Naval Services Andrew Erickson
The PLA Strategic Support Force John Chen
Military-Civil Fusion Peter Wood
The U.S. Factor in PLA Strategy Kristen Gunness