- Capt. Bernard Cole, USN (Ret.) is named "Naval Institute Press Author of the Year," April 2015 -
Recommended reading as part of the Chief of Naval Operation's Professional Reading Program!
In this new edition, Bernard Cole revises his acclaimed study of China's navy, one that continues to grow while the U.S. Navy shrinks. According to the author, Beijing is now giving increased attention to guarding its vital sea lanes because of the nation's growing dependence on maritime trade, especially energy supplies. He provides a thorough description of China's naval establishment, including its personnel system, followed by a detailed view of its ships, submarines, and aircraft, all marked by technical sophistication and capability as China reaches the top rank of the world's maritime powers. His evaluation is based on extensive interviews with Chinese and other naval experts, in-depth perusal of original documents, and visits to Chinese warships, training facilities, and shore establishments.
Bernard D. Cole, Captain, USN (Ret.), holds a PhD from Auburn University and is a professor at the National War College in Washington, D.C. He is the author of five other books, including the first edition of The Great Wall at Sea, and lives in Alexandria, VA.
- Watch Dr. Bernard Cole present at the "Shifley Lecture Series," U.S. Naval Academy Museum, here.
Praise for The Great Wall at Sea
“The Great Wall at Sea is very nearly two books in one, in the sense that the text is supported by a compelling array of endnotes. Professor Cole has done a masterful job, particularly in view of the fact that many developments related to the PLAN are shrouded in secrecy. Not only does he provide invaluable insights into the evolution of ship types, the PLAN’s recruitment, education and retention strategies, China’s offshore interests (where Beijing tends to play fast and loose with the application of the UN Convention Law of the Sea), and the PLAN’s organizational structure, but he provides sage analysis of the PLAN’s strengths and weaknesses.”
— The China Journal, No. 67
“The Great Wall at Sea is a well-organized, highly credible analysis of the evolution of the modern Chinese Navy (the PLAN)…A thought-provoking read. It offers an excellent analysis of the new Chinese Navy and a good refresher on the fundamentals of maritime strategy.”
— The Northern Mariner, April 2011
"The Great Wall at Sea will continue to be the book to go to in order to understand the structure and capabilities of the PLAN; and it supplements the standard “bare” sources of The Military Balance or Jane’s Fighting Ships."
— International Journal of Military History, June 2011
Click here to browse Bernard Cole's participation in NBR's 2011 Energy Security Report launch event for "Asia's Rising Energy and Resource Nationalism."