In our third week of China 101 Briefing Series, the June 25th session delved into the United States to China military-to-military relationship. Joining us in the discussions, Colonel Susan Puska and Dr. Bernard D. Cole provided the current state of the relationship and its future implications.
Colonel Puska was an Ordnance Officer and China Foreign Area Officer for the U.S. Army. She was an Assistant Army Attaché in Beijing between 1992 and 1994, and was the Asia-Pacific Branch Chief and China Desk Officer in the Regional Integration and Assessment Division, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army, International Affairs between 1996 and 1999. During the 1999-2000 academic year, she served as Director of Asian Studies, Department of National Security and Strategy, U.S. Army War College.
Dr. Cole is currently Professor of International History at the National War College in Washington, D.C., where he concentrates on the Chinese military and Asian energy issues. He previously served 30 years as a Surface Warfare Official in the Navy, all in the Pacific, during which he commanded USS RATHBURNE (FF1057) and Destroyer Squadron 35; he also served two tours in Vietnam.
The U.S.-China Working Group in partnership with the US-Asia Institute holds the China 101 Seminar Series this summer for Congressional staff. The six-week series will bring experts to Capitol Hill to introduce and discuss critical aspects of contemporary China and their impacts on a complicated relationship with the U.S. Briefings will include presentations on related topics by experts in the field along with time for Q&A.
Colonel Susan Puska, US Army, Retired, Kanava International, LLC
Dr. Bernard D. Cole, Captain, US Navy, Retired, National War College
Ms. Shirley Kan, Congressional Research Service
June 25, 2012
Longworth House Office Building, 1539