Mike Gallagher: A New Cold Warrior

February 14, 2023

“There is a high degree of consensus on China, but it is largely superficial so far,” said Elbridge Colby, a former assistant defense secretary in the previous administration, who is carefully optimistic about Gallagher’s committee. “There’s wide agreement that China is a threat, but much less agreement on how far and how fast we need to go in confronting it.” As things stand now though, Colby added, “there’s more bark than bite in our China strategy.”


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.