Putin Is ‘Serious Threat’ to Eastern NATO, Ex-Defense Official Warns

March 29, 2024

Elbridge Colby, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development under ex-President Donald Trump’s administration, took to X, formerly Twitter on Thursday, saying, “We shouldn’t take Putin at his word. Far from it. I believe Russia is a serious threat to Eastern NATO.”

Continuing, Colby said, “But it is noteworthy that Moscow eschews aggressive action against NATO while China publicly reserves the right to military action against Taiwan.”


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.