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In the year 2000, the PLA [People’s Liberation Army] had more students in America’s graduate schools than the U.S. military, giving the Chinese a growing understanding of America and its military.” (p. 27, 2008 Joint Operating Environment, a study by the U.S. Joint Forces Command) (Hat tip to my very smart CNAS colleague Nirav Patel ...

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In the year 2000, the PLA [People’s Liberation Army] had more students in America’s graduate schools than the U.S. military, giving the Chinese a growing understanding of America and its military.”

(p. 27, 2008 Joint Operating Environment, a study by the U.S. Joint Forces Command)

(Hat tip to my very smart CNAS colleague Nirav Patel on this)

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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