Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 05/2014

Does Doctrine Drive Technology or Does Technology Drive Doctrine?

Dennis Blasko

September 2010

Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California


Within China’s overall national strategy, priority goes to national economic development. How this fits with the PLA’s needs to modernize and China’s overall military strategy is driven by the concept of People’s War that emphasizes strategy over technology and may hold some surprises for the United States.