US, Japan Australia should be on ‘mobilisation footing’ for potential war with China

October 18, 2022

“Why are we not on a national mobilisation footing? If we get in a war we will have to be, but by then it may be too late,” said Mr Colby on social media on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT).

Mr Colby, who has advised former prime ministers Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull on Indo-Pacific affairs, subsequently told The Australian the US needed a munitions production program akin to Operation Warp Speed, which the Trump administration enacted to quickly develop Covid-19 vaccines.

“Why aren’t more people saying this, and instead acting like it’s business as usual,” he said.

The Australian

Elbridge Colby is co-founder and principal of The Marathon Initiative, a policy initiative focused on developing strategies to prepare the United States for an era of sustained great power competition.