Dr. Larry M. Wortzel

Areas of Expertise: China, Asia, intelligence issues, foreign policy, national security, and military strategy

LARRY M. WORTZEL is a leading authority on China, Asia, and national security. He is a commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. In 2015, he was appointed as an adjunct research professor at the U.S. Army War College. He is a retired U.S. Army colonel who spent much of his 32-year military career in the Asia-Pacific region. In 1970, he joined the U.S. Army after serving 3 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He studied Mandarin Chinese and was assigned to the Army Security Agency. By 1973, he graduated from the Infantry Officer Candidate, Airborne, and Ranger Schools. After his infantry officer service, in 1978, he shifted back to military intelligence and served with the U.S. Pacific Command’s intelligence center, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Army Intelligence and Security Command. He was an assistant Army attaché from 1988 to 1990 and Army attaché from 1995 to 1997 in China. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Wortzel was director of the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College, and a professor of Asian studies. He served as the director of the Asian Studies Center and vice president of foreign policy and defense studies at the Heritage Foundation. He has written or edited 11 books and many papers and journal articles about China, such as Class in China: Stratification in a Classless Society; China’s Military Modernization: International Implications; Dictionary of Contemporary Chinese Military History; and his 2013 book, The Dragon Extends its Reach: Chinese Military Power Goes Global. Dr. Wortzel is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii.

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