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Ben Lowsen

Ben Lowsen is a specialist in Chinese political and security affairs working as a China advisor for the U.S. Air Force’s Checkmate office. He previously worked as an Asia advisor for the U.S. Navy and served in the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer and China specialist. He completed tours of duty in Germany, Korea, Qatar, the Pentagon, and two tours in China, serving as Assistant U.S. Army Attaché in Beijing from 2013 to 2016.
Ben’s experience includes policy and strategy coordination, military-to-military engagement, intelligence production and analysis, and bilateral negotiation. He is interested in Chinese political and military culture as well as military modernization, reform, and strategy.
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. Air Force, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
Why Is China Attacking US Aircraft?
May 10, 2018
Why Is China Attacking US Aircraft?
China’s habit is to flout the rules, but a reckoning is coming.
Why Is China Attacking US Aircraft?
Is China Abandoning Its 'No First Use' Nuclear Policy?
March 21, 2018
Is China Abandoning Its 'No First Use' Nuclear Policy?
China is modernizing its nuclear arsenal. Will this affect its “No First Use” nuclear policy?
Is China Abandoning Its 'No First Use' Nuclear Policy?
Is China Inflicting a 'Century of Humiliation' on the World?
February 04, 2018
Is China Inflicting a 'Century of Humiliation' on the World?
China's questionable practices and laissez-faire attitude are buying it a reputation similar to the colonial powers that once tormented it.
Is China Inflicting a 'Century of Humiliation' on the World?
The 19th Party Congress and Its Implications for the PLA
November 14, 2017
The 19th Party Congress and Its Implications for the PLA
Xi Jinping is about to claim a level of control over the PLA not seen since Deng Xiaoping.
The 19th Party Congress and Its Implications for the PLA
US Combatant Commands With Chinese Flare: The PLA’s New Joint Command Structure
November 06, 2017
US Combatant Commands With Chinese Flare: The PLA’s New Joint Command Structure
A China specialist and a military strategist discuss The PLA’s emerging command structure.
US Combatant Commands With Chinese Flare: The PLA’s New Joint Command Structure
Future Military Conflict in Asia: 3 Wars for the Price of One
November 05, 2017
Future Military Conflict in Asia: 3 Wars for the Price of One
War in one area of Asia is likely to spread to others.
Future Military Conflict in Asia: 3 Wars for the Price of One
China’s Maritime Operation: The 'Gray Zone' in Black and White
May 18, 2017
China’s Maritime Operation: The 'Gray Zone' in Black and White
There is no problem in the “gray zone” because the “gray zone” does not exist.
China’s Maritime Operation: The 'Gray Zone' in Black and White
Would China Use Nuclear Weapons in a War With Taiwan?
February 17, 2017
Would China Use Nuclear Weapons in a War With Taiwan?
China insists on "No First Use" of nukes, but the threat remains.
Would China Use Nuclear Weapons in a War With Taiwan?
The Four Types of China Engager: Which Are You?
January 28, 2017
The Four Types of China Engager: Which Are You?
Dragon Slayer, Diplomat, Sinologist, or Panda Hugger, where do you fit in?
The Four Types of China Engager: Which Are You?
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'
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