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Robert Work, former Deputy Secretary of Defense and distinguished senior fellow for Defense and National Security at CNAS, discusses China’s offset strategy, and how the U.S. can keep ahead.

The Chinese government is developing tactics to combat those of the United States. A new report from the Center for a New American Security says that the country is exploring an offset strategy that is a perfect counterpart to elements of the U.S national security plan. Robert Work, former Deputy Secretary of Defense and distinguished senior fellow for Defense and National Security at CNAS, says that countering these tactics requires a change in the military’s technology approach.

“One of the Chinese approaches is what they call system destruction warfare. Guided munitions, battle network warfare really is. you want to look deep, you want to shoot deep and you want to kill deep. With guided munitions, you can fire long ranges and hit your targets. It really causes problems for power projection… You have to say, we have to have forces that can fight inside that network.” Work said. “…You want an inside out strategy. If you take a look at what the services are doing, they’re looking at ‘what are the programs that would now start to complicate Chinese calculations and more importantly impose costs upon them. Up to this point, we’ve been on the bad side of the cost imposing strategy. We want to now pose to their military planners problems that would keep them from waking up one morning and saying ‘We can take the U.S. military on and we’re willing to try it. We want to convince them that day is sometime far in the future.

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