Eli Tirk is a Chinese Language-Enabled Analyst currently working at the SOSi Center for Intelligence, Research, and Analysis (CIRA). His main areas of focus include PLA military capabilities, Sino-U.S. relations, and PLA military diplomacy. Eli holds a BA from the George Washington University and a MA from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, a joint degree granting program of Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University.
Introduction The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has tested the use of unmanned vehicles (UAVs) to perform logistical missions such as transportation and resupply since 2018. In academic explorations of