First Gulf War was carried out with high intensive but low political goal with in the limited geographical region. It is exactly what The People''s Liberation Army ( PLA) keeps assessing the military conflict model since 1985. The PLA was astonished at the combat efficiency of US Army under the high technological joint war. It also caused the PLA to assess the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) and formed the Rapid Reaction Force (RRF).
The PLA enlarged the existing system of Airborne Troops in 1992 and gave high priority to the development of Airborne Troops. It then started to modernize the Airborne Troops, and aimed at attaining strong shooting ability and speedy deployment ability, which beyond the tactics the army are already using.
This essay is mainly focus on how the RMA analysis and researched on the modernization of fighting capacity of Airborne Troop of the PLA with an assumption that a structural influence is exerted. In addition, the performance of PLA during the Rescue of Sichuan Earthquake and their crisis management will be assessed in this essay.
After discussion and verification of various fields, the impact of RMA on the Airborne Troop are as follow:
First, military strategy and fighting capacity keep pace with the times.
Second, assurance of weapons obtaining; in short term, purchase weapons outside the country and for long term, they research and produce the weapons in their own county.
Third, the sturdy operational training and the effective of maneuver are verified.
First, ineffective of logistic supportability.
Second, limited concept and knowledge on joint war, affecting the continuance of their fighting capacity.
Third, lack of actual combat experience, confidence and ability of the army are all doubted.
As a summary, the Airborne Troop of the army has gradually become a fast responded and strong fighting capacity unit. However, the maintaining of fighting capacity requires an integration of different aspects. Even the Airborne Troop of the PLA obtains the advantages of strong strategy planning, sufficient military weapons supplies, and effective operational training, they have insufficient logistic support, weak joint war knowledge, and insufficient actual combat experience, which are highly demanded in the combat environment nowadays. These are difficult to obtain and reinforce in short term. These are also the weaknesses of our army in Taiwan. The building-up, training-up and strengthening of different aspects, especially the setting up of military industry and actual combat experience require a long term investment. As a result, the army can keep pace with the times and can achieve the military goals that set.