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Richard A. Bitzinger is Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the Military Transformations Program at the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies, where his work focuses on security and defense issues relating to the Asia-Pacific region, including military modernization and force transformation, regional defense industries and local armaments production, and weapons proliferation. Mr. Bitzinger has written several monographs and book chapters, and his articles have appeared in such journals as International Security, The Journal of Strategic Studies, Orbis, China Quarterly, and Survival. He is the author of Towards a Brave New Arms Industry? (Oxford University Press, 2003), “Come the Revolution: Transforming the Asia-Pacific’s Militaries,” Naval War College Review (Fall 2005), and “Military Modernization in the Asia-Pacific: Assessing New Capabilities,” Asia’s Rising Power (NBR, 2010). He is also the editor of The Modern Defense Industry: Political, Economic and Technological Issues (Praeger, 2009). Mr. Bitzinger was previously an Associate Professor with the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), Honolulu, Hawaii, and has also worked for the RAND Corporation, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Affairs, and the U.S. Government. In 1999-2000, he was a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council of the United States. He holds a Masters degree from the Monterey Institute of International Affairs and has pursued additional postgraduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
- Member, editorial board, Asian Politics &
- Policy, from 2010
- Member, editorial board, International Studies Perspectives, 2005-2010
- Visiting Fellow, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, UC San Diego, January 2010
- Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council of the United States, 1999-2000
- Finalist, U.S. Government Exceptional Intelligence Analyst Program, 1999-2000
- Member, Council on Foreign Relations Working Group on “The Arms Trade and the Transnationalization of the Defense Industry,” 1998-2003
Areas of Expertise
- The Revolution in Military Affairs and defense transformation. Military modernization in the Asia-Pacific region. Defense industries and armaments production. Defense technologies and innovation
WP150 | The Defence Industry in the Post-Transformational World: Implications for the United States and Singapore
12 February, 2008
Prospects for Future Indo-European Defence Industrial Cooperation
02 August, 2014
The AirSea Battle Debate and the Future of Conflict in East Asia
01 February, 2013
- Israeli Arms Transfers to India: Ad Hoc Defence Cooperation or the Beginnings of a Strategic Partnership?
CO14048 | The Challenge of Strategic Ambiguity in Asia
13 March, 2014
CO14025 | SINGAPORE AIRSHOW: The Joint Strike Fighter and the Asian Arms Market
10 February, 2014
CO13219 | China's ADIZ: South China Sea Next?
02 December, 2013
CO13202 | China as a Major Arms Exporter: Implications for Southeast Asia
30 October, 2013
Indian-Israeli Defence Cooperation: The Elusive Strategic Partnership
05 April, 2013
ASEAN Defence Industrial Collaboration: Getting to Yes
21 December, 2012
AirSea Battle: Old Wine in New Bottles?
23 August, 2012
Can the Defence Industry Still Innovate?
08 May, 2012
China’s New Defence Budget: What Does It Tell Us?
04 April, 2012
The European Fighter Aircraft Industry: Has it Lost Asia?
22 December, 2011
China’s New Aircraft Carrier: Shape of Things to Come?
06 May, 2011
Global Fighter Jets: Asia, the New Centre of Gravity?
15 April, 2011
CHINA: Leading the Rebirth of Asia's Commercial Aircraft Industry?
07 April, 2010
Defence Spending and Military Modernisation:SHOULD IT BE RECESSION-PROOF?
19 December, 2008
From Hegemony to Loose Bipolarity: The Evolving Geopolitics of the US, EU and China
26 January, 2007
- Towards a Brave New Arms Industry? Adelphi Paper No. 356, International Institute for Strategic Studies/Oxford University Press (London), 2003
Books / Book Chapters
- Koh, Swee Lean, Collin; Richard A. Bitzinger; Michael Raska; Kelvin Wong Ka Weng. “Locating China’s Place in the Global Defense Economy” in Tai Ming Cheung (ed.), Forging China’s Military Might: A New Framework for Assessing Innovation, pp. 169-212. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.
- “The Indian Defense Industry: Struggling with Change,” in India’s Military Modernization: Strategic Technologies and Weapons Systems (Rajesh Basrur, ed.), Oxford University Press, 2014
- “Locating China’s Place in the Global Defense Economy” (with Michael Raska, et.al.), in Forging China’s Military Might: A New Framework for Assessing Innovation (Tai Ming Cheung, ed.), Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014
- “The Defense Industry in U.S. History,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History, Oxford University Press, 2012
- “Military Modernization in the Asia-Pacific: Assessing New Capabilities,” in Strategic Asia 2010-11: Asia's Rising Power and America's Continued Purpose (Ashley J. Tellis, Andrew Marble and Travis Tanner, eds.), National Bureau for Asian Research, 2010
- The Modern Defense Industry: Political, Economic and Technological Issues (editor), Praeger Security International, 2009
- “Locating China’s Place in Global Defense Economy,” with Richard Bitzinger et. al., in Forging China’s Military Might: A New Framework for Assessing Innovation, ed. Tai Ming Cheung (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).
- “Capacity for Innovation: Technological Drivers of China’s Future Military Modernization,” with Richard Bitzinger, in The PLA in the 2025, eds. Roy Kamphausen and David Lai (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2014 Forthcoming).
- “Cruise Missiles in India,” in Rajesh Basrur, Ed, India’s Military Modernization: Strategic Technologies and Weapons Systems, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014
Journals / Journal Articles
- “Revisiting Armaments Production in Southeast Asia: New Dreams, Same Challenges,” Contemporary Southeast Asia, December 2013.
- “China’s Defense Technology and Industrial Base in a Regional Context: Comparing Chinese Defense Industrialization to Experiences of Other Asian-Pacific Nations,” Journal of Strategic Studies, Summer 2011
- “A New Arms Race? Explaining Recent Southeast Asian Military Acquisitions,” Contemporary Southeast Asia, April 2010
- “Why War is Unlikely in Asia: Facing the Challenge from China” (with Barry Desker), Survival, November-December 2008
- “Come the Revolution: Transforming the Asia-Pacific’s Militaries,” Naval War College Review, Fall 2005
- “The Globalization of the Arms Industry – The Next Proliferation Challenge,” International Security, Fall 1994
- “Arms to Go: Chinese Arms Sales to the Third World,” International Security, Fall 1992
Last updated on 18/07/2014