USAF’s current analysis of Chinese airpower capabilities

February 3, 2014

Lee Fuell is the Technical Director for Force Modernization and Employment, National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at Wright-Patterson AFB.  He recently made a presentation to policy makers about the status of Chinese efforts to modernize their air force and related capabilities.  In short, Fuell sees Chinese air power narrowing the gap with the US steadily, but they remain far from being a peer players.  However, in their own minds, they may have achieved regional parity, as their public documents no longer stress the need for a pre-emptive attack on US forces should conflict become unavoidable.

Air Force Magazine links to Fuell’s full testimony here (link opens pdf).


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