The external website of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has some publicly released issues of Dragon Seed, an in-house Asia/China publication dating from the early 1970s. Although heavily redacted, these issues contain material of interest to more than just cryptologists. The March 1972 issue, for example, includes an article on "The Strategic Importance of Shenyang Military Region." Here is the link:

Thanks to Greg Nedved for bringing this to the editor's attention.

The Journal of Chinese Military History invites submissions for the Edward L. Dreyer Prize for the best article in Chinese military history by an early-career scholar. The late Professor Dreyer was a pioneer in the field of Chinese military history, publishing in a variety of historical periods, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Chinese Military History Society from its inception.

Submission Requirements
Articles should be based extensively on primary research, must not have been previously published in another form or outlet, and should not be currently under consideration by another journal or book series. Essays (between 7,500 and 20,000 words, including footnotes) should comply with the journal’s style sheet. Submissions for the 2022 prize should be sent by 31 October 2022. In order to allow for sufficient time for the peer review process, early submissions are welcomed.
Detailed submission instructions can be found here:
For further information, please contact the editors-in-chief, David A. Graff, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and David Curtis Wright, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The prize is open to graduate students who are currently registered at a higher education institute, or to those who have obtained their doctoral degree after January 1, 2015

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Meeting in conjunction with the Society for Military History, Fort Worth, Texas

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Session 1: 8:10-10:10 Arteries of Empire: Innovations in Riverine Warfare in Chinese History

  • Wai Kit Wicky Tse (Chinese University of Hong Kong), “River-Based Logistics and River-Crossing Campaigns in Early China”
  • Xiaobing Li (University of Central Oklahoma), “River Defense and Fleet Building: The Song Navy in the Wars against the Jin and Mongol Forces”
  • Yan Hon Michael Chung (Emory University), “The Availability of River Transportation Routes and the Effectiveness of the Qing Artillery Corps during the Ming-Qing Transition”
  • Kenneth Swope (University of Southern Mississippi), “Boats, Barbarians, and Bandits: Riverine Warfare and the Taiping”
  • James Bonk (College of Wooster) – Discussant


Session 2: 10:20-11:50 Empire, Republic, and PRC

  • Barend Noordam (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), “How Relevant was the Imjin War for Military Innovation?”
  • Esther Hu (Boston University), “General Hu Zongnan, the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis of 1958, and the Pescadores (Penghu)”
  • Travis Chambers (University of Central Oklahoma), “Misunderstanding in US-China Relations: The PLA in America’s ‘Heartland’”



Session 3: 1:10-2:20 Cryptology and Signals

  • Zhongtian Han (The George Washington University), “Signal Intelligence and the Rise of Mao in the Long March, 1934-36”
  • Greg Nedved (Center for Cryptologic History), “Joe Lin and Friends: Chinese POWs in Korea and Understanding Chinese Cryptology”


Session 4: 2:30-4:00 Strategies and Policies

  • Robyn L. Rodriguez (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency), “Alexander von Falkenhausen and Germany’s Role in the Origins of World War II in East Asia”
  • Lei Duan (Sam Houston State University), “‘Political Power Grows Out of the Barrel of a Gun’: Communist Policies on Mobilizing Armed Masses in Wartime China”
  • Sara Castro (US Air Force Academy), “Protracted War Theory and Covert Action in the Grand Strategy of the People’s Republic of China”
  • All sessions will be held in the Sundance Two room of the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.


Question should be directed to:

David A. Graff
Pickett Professor and Chair of History
Kansas State University
117C Calvin Hall
802 Mid-Campus Dr. South
Manhattan, KS 66506-1002