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- Cultivating joint command talent and promoting realistic and complex joint training at
the campaign and tactical levels is critical to the successful implementation of integrated
joint operations, transformation efforts, and enhancing the People’s Liberation Army’s
[PLA] overall combat capabilities. The PLA is implementing a “Triad” military education
program to address problems with joint talent and training.
- The implications for the PLA of successful implementation of joint talent cultivation and
improving joint training are significant for reaching its goal of an advanced military. While
the PLA’s transformation will likely be a lengthy process, the PLA can still present a lethal
opponent with its precision long-range strike and information warfare capabilities.
- The PLA’s modernization effort faces the complex task of integrating mechanized warfare,
informationized warfare, and intelligent warfare systems and operational methods into the
force concurrently. Reported difficulties educating officers and staff for informationized
warfare raise questions about the PLA’s ability to integrate fully intelligent warfare
technologies and operational methods into the force.