Brian Waidelich
Research Scientist


Brian Waidelich is a Research Scientist in CNA's Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Program. His research focuses on Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) organization and Indo-Pacific maritime and space security issues.

At CNA, he has authored and contributed to publications on topics including PLA professional military education, Chinese civilian ship mobilization, strategic competition in the maritime domain, Japanese views of cross-Strait security, the multinational delivery of humanitarian aid to Tonga, and China's space program.

His recent publications include: "China's Commercial Space Sector Shoots for the Stars" (East Asia Forum), "Gay in the PLA: Chinese Military Views on Homosexuals Serving in the Armed Forces" (China Brief), and "The People's Liberation Army in 2018: Education and People's War" (US Army War College; co-authored with Bernard D. Cole).

Brian received an M.A. in Asian Studies from Georgetown University and B.A.'s in Chinese and English from George Mason University. He speaks Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish.