Larry M. Wortzel, Director,
Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation.
expertise: East Asian politics and
security, China, Taiwan, national security, military
strategy, ballistic missile defense, foreign
policy, homeland security, intelligence.
As an analyst of Asian affairs and a policy maker
for the government, Larry Wortzel has focused on
security, defense, political and economic issues since
1970. He served the U.S. military in Morocco,
Korea, China, Thailand, and Singapore, including more
than four years at the American Embassy in Beijing. He
was the Assistant Army Attaché in China during the
Tiananmen Massacre and in 1995 returned to China as
the Army Attaché. He has also been a strategist for
the Department of the Army, served on the
counterintelligence and security policy staff of the
Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as an
Army Colonel, was Director of the Strategic Studies
Institute of the U.S. Army War College.
Wortzel's books include Class in China: Stratification
in a Classless Society (Greenwood Press, 1987),
China's Military Modernization: International
Implications (Greenwood, 1988), and Dictionary of
Contemporary Chinese Military History (Greenwood,
1999). In addition to these books, he has regularly
published articles and monographs on Asian security
is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, the
U.S. Army War College, and attended the National
University of Singapore. Dr. Wortzel earned his B.A.
from Columbus College, Georgia, and his M.A. and Ph.D.
from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Wortzel serves as a
commissioner on the Congressionally mandated
U.S.-China Security Review Commission