What will China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) make of the U.S. Navy’s after-action report on the coronavirus outbreak on board the carrier Theodore Roosevelt? Rest assured the red team will pay the report close scrutiny while digesting the commentary surrounding the affair. PLA thinkers and practitioners do their homework and apply what they learn. Estimating how they will interpret events could furnish a glimpse of how they may modify their practices to compete with the U.S. Navy to greater effect in the near future.
So, let’s look at this prospective foe looking at us.