Lesson series

Introduction to China's Armed Forces: Ancient Empire to Communist Revolution

Learn how China's military history has shaped the mindset and doctrine that shapes domestic and international policy to this day.
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Self Paced 

3-4 hours to complete

Multimedia Content

113 pages

Voice Narrated

100 minutes of audio


1 Certificate

What's included?

  • 4 Modules
  • 1 Certification
  • 113 Content Pages
  • 50 Questions
  • 4 Videos

Foundational Baseline

Designed to supplement education for newcomers to the Sino-US and Indo-Pacific mission sets, either as stand-alone instruction or in preparation for more in-depth, China-specific academic, warfighting, or tradecraft training.

Industry Expertise

Created by defense and intelligence practitioners and informed by direct sources, including declassified intelligence, to most quickly, efficiently, and effectively raise an individual’s acumen on the armed forces of the People's Republic of China (PRC).​

Course Lessons

Meet the Instructor

Nate Dietrich

Nate Dietrich is a national security consultant and retired Deputy Associate Director for Military Affairs (ADMA) at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He has a Masters Degree in Political Science and over 25 years of experience in government service. Nate enjoys teaching all levels of experience. He looks forward to sharing his passion for understanding political and military events that inform and shape policy and helping newcomers to the Sino-US and Indo-Pacific mission sets.
Patrick Jones - Course author