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Ben Lowsen

Ben Lowsen

Ben Lowsen is a specialist in Chinese political and security affairs working as a program analyst for the U.S. Navy. He previously served in the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer and China specialist. He completed tours of duty in Germany, Korea, Qatar (supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom), the Pentagon, and two tours in China, serving more than a decade of his military career abroad.

He is interested in Chinese political and military culture as well as military modernization, reform, and strategy.

From 2013 to 2016, he served as Assistant U.S. Army Attaché in Beijing, providing advice and support to the ambassador and embassy while conducting national-level military diplomacy with the Chinese government. His portfolio included negotiating bilateral agreements, nontraditional security issues, and Army engagement.

He is an active writer and speaker whose publications include book chapters, reportage, and commentary. He received an M.A. from Harvard’s Regional Studies—East Asia committee and a B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara in music performance. Follow him on Twitter.

The views expressed are his own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Navy, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 5): Ancient China’s Military Scientists
September 13, 2016
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 5): Ancient China’s Military Scientists
Two military scientists from China’s past and their meaning to the modern PLA.
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 5): Ancient China’s Military Scientists
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 4): Rescue!
August 23, 2016
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 4): Rescue!
Follow the Chinese Army into danger from the safety of your home.
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 4): Rescue!
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 3): Mao’s Generals
July 29, 2016
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 3): Mao’s Generals
The hallowed halls of the Helmsman’s hardies.
What Every Chinese Soldier Knows (Part 3): Mao’s Generals
Meet the Future PLA Carrier Strike Group: Main Equipment of the Chinese PLA Navy
June 22, 2016
Meet the Future PLA Carrier Strike Group: Main Equipment of the Chinese PLA Navy
Summary of main equipment of the People's Liberation Army Navy.
Meet the Future PLA Carrier Strike Group: Main Equipment of the Chinese PLA Navy
A Comparison of Chinese and American Military Culture
June 16, 2016
A Comparison of Chinese and American Military Culture
When East Meets West.
A Comparison of Chinese and American Military Culture
The True Crimes of Chinese PLA General Guo Boxiong
June 15, 2016
The True Crimes of Chinese PLA General Guo Boxiong
Chinese PLA Gen. Guo Boxiong and colleague Gen. Xu Caihou are most guilty of being politically incorrect.
The True Crimes of Chinese PLA General Guo Boxiong
US-China Strategic Nuclear Terminology: A Primer
June 07, 2016
US-China Strategic Nuclear Terminology: A Primer
Experts discuss the U.S.-China nuclear calculus.
US-China Strategic Nuclear Terminology: A Primer
China, US Butt Heads Over Nuclear Talks
May 24, 2016
China, US Butt Heads Over Nuclear Talks
Experts discuss the U.S.-China nuclear calculus.
China, US Butt Heads Over Nuclear Talks
Chinese Nuclear Strategist Believes China’s MIRVs Are Decoys
May 07, 2016
Chinese Nuclear Strategist Believes China’s MIRVs Are Decoys
China may be playing a nuclear shell game.
Chinese Nuclear Strategist Believes China’s MIRVs Are Decoys
What Every Chinese People's Liberation Army Soldier Knows (Part 2): Epic PLA Battles of History
May 03, 2016
What Every Chinese People's Liberation Army Soldier Knows (Part 2): Epic PLA Battles of History
History 101, PLA style
What Every Chinese People's Liberation Army Soldier Knows (Part 2): Epic PLA Battles of History
What Every Chinese PLA Soldier Knows (Part 1)
April 27, 2016
What Every Chinese PLA Soldier Knows (Part 1)
General knowledge of the Chinese PLA.
What Every Chinese PLA Soldier Knows (Part 1)
Chinese PLA Company Command: The Party Line
April 19, 2016
Chinese PLA Company Command: The Party Line
Become a Chinese PLA company commander for a day.
Chinese PLA Company Command: The Party Line
Chinese PLA Training: A Window on Military Culture
April 13, 2016
Chinese PLA Training: A Window on Military Culture
Find out how Chinese PLA training stacks up against its U.S. counterpart.
Chinese PLA Training: A Window on Military Culture
How China Fights: The PLA’s Strategic Doctrine
April 06, 2016
How China Fights: The PLA’s Strategic Doctrine
The PLA is (quite likely) coming to your neighborhood. Read on to find out what they’ll be doing there.
How China Fights: The PLA’s Strategic Doctrine
The Chinese PLA’s New 'Army'
March 29, 2016
The Chinese PLA’s New 'Army'
Predictions on the Chinese military’s new Army Leading Organ.
The Chinese PLA’s New 'Army'
US Experts Talk Chinese PLA Reform
March 23, 2016
US Experts Talk Chinese PLA Reform
What’s changed and why?
US Experts Talk Chinese PLA Reform
Overview: China's People's Liberation Army Equipment at a Glance
March 09, 2016
Overview: China's People's Liberation Army Equipment at a Glance
Your reference guide for key People's Liberation Army equipment.
Overview: China's People's Liberation Army Equipment at a Glance
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