In Asia, Pentagon chief Austin seeks to reassure allies and cool China tensions

May 29, 2024

“I think at this point, it’s essentially undeniable that we’re not as focused on Asia as we need to be,” said Elbridge Colby, a former senior Pentagon official during the Trump administration. “It’s not about our current performance versus our past performance … it’s very clear that we are not keeping pace with China’s ongoing military buildup.”


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.