The Naval Postgraduate School Alumni Association & Foundation proudly presents

How China Competes


Elsa Kania, Elizabeth Gooch, and Maj Erin Moubry

March 30, 2021 3:00 - 4:00 PM (PST)

On March 30th, 2021, at 3 pm Pacific (6 pm Eastern), the NPS AlumniAssociation and Foundation will host Elsa Kania, author of Myths and Realities ofChina’s Military-Civil Fusion, Elizabeth Gooch, Assistant Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, and Maj Erin Moubry for a fascinating discussion of howChina leverages military-civil fusion to compete on the international stage. Jointhem as they explore the myths and realities of Chinese power and how it iswielded. They will also discuss how and where the Chinese narrative issucceeding or failing to better understand the opportunity space for decision-makers at all levels.


Elsa B. Kania is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program atthe Center for a New American Security. Her research focuses on Chinese military strategy, military innovation, and emerging technologies. She serves as an Adjunct Policy Advisor for the non-profit Institute for Security and Technology; contributes to the Party Watch Initiative at the Center for Advanced China Research; and co-founded the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute, a non-profit research collaboration. She was named an official “Mad Scientist” by the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command and was a 2018 Fulbright Specialist in Australiawith the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Currently, Ms. Kania is a Ph.D. candidate in Harvard University's Department of Government. She is also a graduate of Harvard College (summa cumlaude, Phi Beta Kappa), and has received a Master of Arts in Government from Harvard University.

Major Erin Moubry is a student in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School preparing for service as a Foreign Area Officer in the INDOPACOM area. Before NPS, she completed Mandarin Chinese language training at the Defense Language Institute. As an operations research analyst, she worked at Headquarters Air Force (HAF), Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), and a developmental test squadron. While at HAF, she handled campaignmodeling and personnel analysis. At PACAF, she worked on future capabilities in the strategy directorate and operational assessment at the air operations center. Her first assignment was as a test manager and analyst for command and control software and datalinks. She has a bachelor's in math and a master's in applied economics.

Elizabeth Gooch is an economist who joined the NPS Defense Resources Management Institute as an assistant professor in August 2018. Her research focuses on development economics and economic history. Prior to joining DRMI, she was a research economist at the U.S. Department ofAgriculture’s Economic Research Service (USDA-ERS), International Markets and Trade Branch, China Desk. Her work has been published in Comparative Economics, Journal of Development Economics, and World Development, and popular outlets such as the Southeast Asia Globe, Strategy Bridge, and History Today. While serving with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she received a USDA Certificate of Merit for her research on China’s foreign agricultural investments. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Georgia State University (2014) and a B.A. in Mathematics-Economics from Agnes Scott College (2005).