Jeremy Rausch
Project Manager
Political and Security Affairs

[email protected]

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

November 2022

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is pleased to offer the fourth 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). 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 service branches.

BG Brian Davis (Ret.)
Senior Mentor

BG Brian Davis (Ret.), former Director of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s China Strategic Focus Group and former Defense Attaché to China, serves as the course’s Senior Mentor, providing key context and takeaways to participants throughout the course.

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.


November 2–4, 2022
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EDT


Washington, D.C.

Application Deadline

October 17, 2022


$3,500 (Includes breakfast and lunch for each day of the course, as well as readings and other materials.)


Apply here.

Session List (November 2022)
PLA History and Strategic Culture
Party-Military Relations: The PLA in the Chinese Party-State
Recruitment, Training, and Education
Theory, Strategy, and Operational Doctrine and Concepts
PLA Organization and Reform
Roles and Missions of the Air, Ground, and Naval Services
Roles and Missions of the PLA Rocket Force
Roles and Missions of the Strategic Support Force
Modernization, Technology, and Military-Civil Fusion
The U.S. Factor in PLA Strategy