Calls to “Learn From” are common in Chinese culture, from the 1960s “Learn From Lei Feng” campaign to the 2009 Qingdao Fleet Review, which opened with “Learn From, and Pay Respects to, the Chinese PLA.”1 While our contextual experience may lead us to ridicule or downplay such exhortations as clumsy, politically driven initiatives, they are an effective and powerful tool in the People’s Republic of China. Can, or perhaps should, the U.S. Navy learn from the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) “informationization” doctrine as our own Information Dominance Corps and its operating concepts develop and mature?
'Learn from the PLA?'
The U.S. Navy’s fledgling Information Dominance Corps might find a lesson or two of interest from the Chinese military.
By Commander Thomas Henderschedt, U.S. Navy