PLA Academy of Military Science

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The Academy of Military Science of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (AMS) (Chinese: 中国人民解放军军事科学研究院; pinyin: Zhōngguó Rénmín Jiěfàngjūn Jūnshì Kēxué Yánjiūyuàn) is the highest-level research institute of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China,[1] headquartered in Beijing. Its president is Lt. General Yang Xuejun (since June 2017)[2] and Lt. General Fang Xiang is the political commissar.


As stated in its official description, the AMS researches issues related to “national defence, armed forces development and military operations.” It works in consultation with the Central Military Commission and the Joint staff Department. More broadly, it coordinates research conducted by the various PLA institutions.[3]

Also, according to Bates Gill and James Mulvenon, "AMS researchers write reports for the military leadership, ghost-write speeches for top military leaders, and serve on temporary and permanent leading small groups as drafters of important documents like the Defence White Paper. The AMS also conducts analysis on foreign militaries, strategy and doctrine, and has consistently taken the lead role in the study of the future of warfare."[3]

History and organization[edit]

The AMS was founded in March 1958 and as of 2002, its staff included approximately 500 researchers, making it the largest research institution in the PLA.[3] Although the AMS has been reorganized multiple times since its founding, as of August 2008, it contained the following administrative divisions:

  • Department of Research Directive
  • Academy Affair Department
  • Political Department
  • Graduate Department (School)
  • Department of War Theory and Strategic Research
  • Department of Operations Theory and Doctrines Research
  • Department of Armed Forces Development Research
  • Department of World Military Research[4]

The academy also maintains a research magazine, a publishing house, and a library.[4]

Members and staff[edit]

  • Major General Yao Yunzhu, director of China-America Defense Relations[5]
  • Major General Chen Zhou, a senior researcher and a key author of the 2013 The Diversified Employment of China’s Armed Forces paper[5]
  • Dr. Lu Jinghua, Research Fellow, Center on China-America Defense Relations


  1. ^ "People's Liberation Army". Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Gao Jin becomes PLA's youngest military region-level chief". China Times. 25 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Bates Gill; James Mulvenon (September 2002). "Chinese Military-Related Think Tanks and Research Institutions". China Quarterly. 171. 
  4. ^ a b "PLA Academy of Military Science". August 24, 2008. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Yao, Yunzhu (April 22, 2013). "China Will Not Change Its Nuclear Policy". China US Focus. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 

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