Andrew Erickson, Ph.D.

Professor Strategic and Operational Research Department
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Biography

Andrew Erickson is a professor of strategy in the U.S. Naval War College (NWC)’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI). He helped to establish CMSI in 2006, and has subsequently played an integral role in its development. Since 2008 Erickson has been an associate in research at Harvard’s Fairbank Center. He has taught courses at NWC and Yonsei University, and advises student research and provides curricular inputs at NWC and elsewhere. He helped to establish, and to escort the first iteration of, NWC’s first bilateral student exchange in China, which he continues to support. For over a decade, Erickson has managed NWC’s scholarly research relationship with Japanese counterparts.

Areas of Expertise

  • A2/AD
  • Aerospace
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Asymmetrical Warfare
  • China
  • Cold War
  • Deterrence
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Geopolitics
  • Indian Ocean
  • International Relations
  • Maritime History
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Military Technology
  • National Security
  • Piracy
  • South China Sea
  • Space
  • Taiwan
  • Weapon Systems

Professional Highlights

2016

Professor of Strategy, China Maritime Studies Institute, Naval War College

2009

Associate Professor, China Maritime Studies Institute, Naval War College

2006

Assistant Professor, Strategic Research Department, Naval War College

2005

Research Fellow, Strategic Research Department, Naval War College

2004

Chinese Translator/Technical Analyst, Marine Science & Technology Division, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Education

Ph.D., Princeton University, Politics (dissertation: “Great Power Aerospace Development: China’s Quest for the Highest High Ground”)

M.A., Princeton University, Politics (concentration: China/comparative politics and international relations)

B.A., Amherst College, History and Political Science magna cum laude (additional certificate in international relations)

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Related Credentials

Advanced Military Maritime Chinese Program, Naval War College
2008 to present

Advanced Chinese Study, Princeton in Beijing, Princeton University
2003

Intensive Intermediate Chinese Study, Princeton in Beijing, College of Chinese Language and Culture, Beijing Normal University
2002

Study of Japanese language, politics, and economics, Associated Kyoto Program, Doshisha University
1999-2000

Research Contributions

"How Strong Are China’s Armed Forces?" in The China Questions: Critical Insights into a Rising Power
2017
Harvard University Press

"From Management Crisis to Crisis Management? Japan’s Post-2012 Institutional Reforms and Sino-Japanese Crisis (In)Stability"  
2017
Journal of Strategic Studies 40.5

"Correspondence: How Good Are China’s Antiaccess/Area-Denial Capabilities?"  
Spring 2017
International Security 41.4

"China’s Strategic Objectives at Sea,” Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2017: Key Developments and Trends
2017
International Institute for Strategic Studies

China’s Third Sea Force, The People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia: Tethered to the PLA
2017
China Maritime Studies Institute

Chinese Naval Shipbuilding: An Ambitious and Uncertain Course
2016
Naval Institute Press

"The South China Sea’s Third Force: Understanding and Countering China’s Maritime Militia"  
September 21st 2016
House Armed Services Committee Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee

"Barriers, Springboards and Benchmarks: China Conceptualizes the Pacific ‘Island Chains’,”
March 2016
The China Quarterly 225

Six Years at Sea… and Counting: Gulf of Aden Anti-Piracy and China’s Maritime Commons “America’s Security Role in the South China Sea,”
July 23rd, 2015
House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

More Willing and Able: Charting China’s International Security Activism
2015
Center for a New American Security

History of Rocketry and Astronautics: Proceedings of the 47th History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics
2015
Univelt

"China’s Military Modernization: Many Improvements, Three Challenges, and One Opportunity,” in China’s Challenges
2014 
University of Pennsylvania Press

A Low-Visibility Force Multiplier: Assessing China’s Cruise Missile Ambitions
2014
National Defense University Press

Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific
2014
Naval Institute Press

“China’s Space Development History: A Comparison of the Rocket and Satellite Sectors,”
October/November 2014
Acta Astronautica 103

“Not-So-Empty Talk: The Danger of China’s ‘New Type of Great-Power Relations’ Slogan,”
October 9th 2014
Foreign Affairs online

China’s Near Seas Combat Capabilities
2014
China Maritime Studies Institute

“Rising Tide, Dispersing Waves: Opportunities and Challenges for Chinese Seapower Development,”
Summer 2014
Journal of Strategic Studies 37.3

“China’s Naval Modernization: Implications and Recommendations,”
December 11th 2013
House Armed Services Committee Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee

“Demystifying China’s Defence Spending: Less Mysterious in the Aggregate,”
December 2013
The China Quarterly 216

Chinese Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Development: Drivers, Trajectories, and Strategic Implications
2013
Jamestown Foundation

No Substitute for Experience: Chinese Antipiracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden
2013
China Maritime Studies Institute

“A Competitive Strategy with Chinese Characteristics? The Second Artillery’s Growing Conventional Forces and Missions,” in Competitive Strategies for the 21st Century: Theory, History, and Practice
2012
Stanford University Press

“The Conventional Missile Capabilities of China’s Second Artillery Force: Cornerstone of Deterrence and Warfighting,”
Summer 2012
Asian Security 8.2

Chinese Aerospace Power: Evolving Maritime Roles
2011
Naval Institute Press

China, the United States, and 21st Century Sea Power: Defining a Maritime Security Partnership
2010
Naval Institute Press

“Diego Garcia and the United States’ Emerging Indian Ocean Strategy,”
Autumn 2010
Asian Security 6.3

Chinese Mine Warfare: A PLA Navy ‘Assassin’s Mace’ Capability
2009
China Maritime Studies Institute

China Goes to Sea: Maritime Transformation in Comparative Historical Perspective
2009
Naval Institute Press

“Chinese Theater and Strategic Missile Force Modernization and its Implications for the United States,”
February 2009
Journal of Strategic Studies 32.1

China’s Energy Strategy: The Impact on Beijing’s Maritime Policies
2008
Naval Institute Press

China’s Future Nuclear Submarine Force
2007
Naval Institute Press

“Beijing’s Energy Security Strategy: The Significance of a Chinese State-Owned Tanker Fleet,”
Fall 2007
Orbis 51.4

“Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst: China’s Response to U.S. Hegemony,”
December 2006
Journal of Strategic Studies 29.6

China’s Nuclear Force Modernization
2005
Naval War College

Awards and Decorations

Inaugural Civilian Faculty Research Excellence Award
Naval War College, 2017

Inaugural Ellis Joffe Prize for PLA Studies
National Bureau of Asian Research, 2012

Naval War College Foundation Capt. Hugh G. Nott Prize
Second Place, 2009

U.S. Naval Institute General Prize Essay Contest
Third Prize, 2009

Naval War College Foundation Capt. Hugh G. Nott Prize
First Place, 2006

Other Honors

Associate in Research, John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
2008 to present

Expert Contributor, China Real Time Report, Wall Street Journal
2012-2017

Deployed in the Pacific as a Naval Postgraduate School Regional Security Education Program scholar aboard flagship aircraft carrier USS Nimitz
2013

Fellow, Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, in residence at Center for Government and International Studies, Harvard University
2010-2011

Fellow, Public Intellectuals Program, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
2008-2011

External Memberships and Associations

Council on Foreign Relations
Term Member

National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
Member

International Studies Association
Member

American Political Science Association
Member

Association for Asian Studies
Life Member/Patron

International Astronautical Federation
Member, History Committee

U.S. Naval Institute
Member

Naval War College Foundation
Life Member

National Defense Industrial Association
Member

News, Media, & Events

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Issues in National Security: Feral Cities

Apr. 24, 2018
4:30 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841
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Cheer Up Admiral Sims!! There Still is No Naval War College

Apr. 20, 2018
U.S. Naval Institute
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