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Elbridge Colby

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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. He is the author of The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict (Yale University Press, 2021), which The Wall Street Journal selected as one of the top ten books of 2021. 

Earlier in his career, Colby served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development from 2017-2018. In that role, he served as the lead official in the development and rollout of the Department’s preeminent strategic planning guidance, the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS). The 2018 NDS shifted the Department of Defense’s focus to the challenges to U.S. security interests posed first and foremost by China, followed by Russia; emphasized restoring the Joint Force’s warfighting edge against these major power competitors; and stressed the importance of clearly focusing on these priorities over lesser interests. Colby also served as the primary Defense Department representative in the development of the 2017 National Security Strategy.

Colby has also worked as the Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he led the Center’s work on defense issues from 2018-2019, and earlier was a senior fellow at both CNAS and at CNA. Over the course of his career, he has also served in a variety of U.S. Government roles working on strategic forces, arms control, and intelligence reform matters, including serving with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq in 2003 and with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence during its stand-up in 2005-2006. Colby has also served on the staff of a number of government commissions, including the 2014 National Defense Panel, the 2008-2009 Strategic Posture Commission, and the 2004-2005 President’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (or “Iraq WMD intelligence”) Commission.

Colby publishes widely both in the United States and abroad. In the United States, his articles have appeared in outlets such as Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, Time, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The National Interest. Abroad, he has published articles or been extensively interviewed in outlets such as Asahi ShimbunYomiuri ShimbunNikkei AsiaThe Hindustan TimesThe AustralianThe Sydney Morning Herald, Der Spiegel, Süddeutsche ZeitungFrankfurter Allgemeine ZeitungInternationale Politik, Die ZeitLe FigaroThe SpectatorThe Telegraph, SurvivalThe National Post, La Stampa, Il FoglioThe Taipei TimesHankook IlboThe New Straits Times, The Manila Standard, PolitikenDagens Nyheter, and Lidove Noviny. He also regularly appears on television, radio, podcast, and online programs in both the United States and abroad. He has testified a number of times before Congress and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Colby is a recipient of the Distinguished and Exceptional Public Service Awards from the Department of Defense and of the Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies, Colby is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.

Elbridge Colby: China is more dangerous than Russia

4/1/2023: UnHerd Podcast

Elbridge Colby and Lyle Goldstein on China’s Military Capabilities

3/14/2023:C-SPAN

Is Taiwan Next?: with Elbridge Colby

2/28/2023: The Realignment Podcast

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The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict

by Elbridge Colby

Elbridge A. Colby was the lead architect of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, the most significant revision of U.S. defense strategy in a generation. Here he lays out how America’s defense must change to address China’s growing power and ambition. Based firmly in the realist tradition but deeply engaged in current policy, this book offers a clear framework for what America’s goals in confronting China must be, how its military strategy must change, and how it must prioritize these goals over its lesser interests.

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Getting Real on China, ft. Elbridge Colby

The Big Stick | In this episode, I'm joined by Elbridge Colby, the architect of the 2018 National Defense Strategy and one of the boldest voices in the national security policy making world. We discuss the crucial shift in U.S. defense policies to counter China's global ascent, historical oversights on China's ambitions, and "feels vs. reals" foreign policy..........

China’s Russia Support Strategy

Politico | “China has gained enormously — Putin is dependent on China and Russia is dependent on China and China’s goodwill,” said Daniel Fried, former assistant secretary of State for ............

A Foreign Policy Review with Elbridge Colby

The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show | Elbridge Colby, co-founder of The Marathon Initiative and former U.S. Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development, joined Clay and Buck to take stock of all the world's hotspots............

Will Europe Lose World War III?

UnHerd | UnHerd's Freddie Sayers talks with Aris Roussinos, Elbridge Colby and Pippa Malmgren, about the possibility of World War III. Will 2024 be the year of a Third World War?...........

Where is US foreign policy heading?

Chatham House | Europeans are keen to understand the strategic debate in America about where US foreign policy is likely to head in the future. Elbridge Colby, former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development, discusses what US foreign policy should seek to achieve and what it should focus on..........

Why Should Americans Care About the Future of Taiwan?

The Morgan Ortagus Show | “Why should Americans care about the future of Taiwan? Elbridge Colby dived into why supporting democracy in the Indo-Pacific is crucial to American national security on ‘The Morgan Ortagus Show’. Catch our full interview on the Sirius XM app!”...........

VOA Korea: [워싱턴 톡] “‘타이완 전쟁’ 시 한국 스스로 방어해야…북한 남침해도 중국 격퇴가 우선” // [Washington Talk] “Korea must defend itself in case of ‘Taiwan War’… Even if North Korea invades South Korea, defeating China comes first.”

VOA Korea | American experts have pointed out that if war breaks out in the Taiwan Strait and the United States intervenes, Korea will have to defend itself. The explanation is that even if China instigates North Korea to attack South Korea, the US military's core forces will prioritize dealing with China, not the North Korean threat.

FP Insider: This Is a ‘5-Alarm Fire Right Now’

Foreign Policy | Viewed from Washington, there’s currently one big war going on in Ukraine, another war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza that could get bigger, and one war that hasn’t started yet but that would dwarf all the others should it come to pass: a war between the United States and China....

US-China Tensions: What Lies Ahead?

NHK Japan | There are concerns that the coming Taiwan presidential election, along with disputes in the South China Sea, will increase US-China tensions. We will discuss the future of US-China relations in 2024............

日本も台湾も大きな間違い犯した」 米元国防幹部が語る危機とは // “Japan and Taiwan made a big mistake” What is the crisis that a former U.S. defense executive talks about?

Asahi | “The presidential election of Taiwan will be held in January next year. Mr. Elbridge Colby, who was the deputy assistant deputy undersecretary of defense in the Trump administration, says that the security around the Taiwan Strait is a serious situation due to the impact of the war in Ukraine and the Middle East.”..........

Dan Bongino Podcast: This Was A Warning

The Dan Bongino Show | Elbridge Colby receives a notable reference from Dan Bongino at the 31st minute of Dan’s episode discussing the threat posed by China’s Communist government in general and its cyberattacks in particular............

워싱턴 톡] 타이완 사태 대비 주한미군 재편 필요…한국, 대중 ‘첨단투자 유의해야 // Washington Talk: U.S. Forces in Korea Need to be Reorganized in Preparation for the Taiwan Crisis…

VOA Korea | 진행: 조은정 / 대담: 마크 케네디 (Mark Kennedy, 윌 슨센터 '와바 전략경쟁' 연구소장), 엘브리지 콜비 (Elbridge Colby, 전 미국 국방부 전략군사 담당 부차 관보) // Hosted by: Cho Eun-jung / Interview with Mark Kennedy, director of the 'Waba Strategic Competition' Institute at the Wilson Center;a..........

Elbridge Colby on the Stakes of Today’s Biden-Xi Summit

The Free Press | “I think the most charitable explanation is that the administration is seeking to communicate directly to Xi Jinping that we are not looking to strangle them or suppress them. What Xi Jinping presumably wants to achieve in his visit is not actually speaking to Biden, but speaking to American businessmen.“..........

Protectionism in Grand Strategy

Nixon Grand Strategy Summit | Richard Nixon Foundation’s Grand Strategy Summit - October 19, 2023 "Protectionism in Grand Strategy" Featuring Elbridge Colby, Ro Khanna, and moderated by Joe Kernen..........

Vittert’s War Notes: While Biden spoke, Iran attacked

NewsNation | Elbridge Colby led off “On Balance” last night with a stark warning about a larger foreign policy crisis in the world, not just in the Middle East. Mike Allen’s morning note for Axiosechoed that, saying the United States government is “rattled.”..........

Buck Brief- Elbridge Colby

The Buck Sexton Show | Elbridge Colby is an American national security policy expert who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development from 2017 to 2018 during the Trump administration.........

The gathering storm

Washington Examiner | “The threat from China has not dissipated in the slightest while our defense spending and industry remain basically status quo as threats multiply,” former Pentagon official Elbridge Colby wrote........

The Laura Ingraham Show

The Laura Ingraham Show | Former Trump administration officials @ElbridgeColby and Christian Whiton reveal what’s really at stake in the Israel-Hamas war. Listen to the NEW episode of The Laura Ingraham Show, available only on @QuakeMedia:..........

World Events Are Not Going America’s Way

The Spectator | There is a foreign policy strategy to manage this much more dangerous era, one proceeding from a sober-minded focus on our core national interests and prioritizing dealing with our prime great power rival, China......

U.S. Elbridge Colby Representative “Korea-U.S.-Japan Cooperation Agreement, Historic Milestone” [Korea-U.S.-Japan Summit] // 美 엘브리지 콜비 대표 “한미일 협력 골격 짰다, 역사적 이정표” [한미일 정상회담]

The JoongAng | Colby gave the meaning of "The camp David meeting made the framework of cooperation between the three countries by regularizing the talks of the ministers of foreign affairs, defense, industry, and finance, and institutionalizing regional security and high-tech cooperation.......

A former U.S. government official who is a hardliner against China points out the strengthening of military power in preparation for Taiwan’s emergency.” / 対中強硬派の元米政府高官、台湾有事に備えた軍事力強化を指摘 ウクライナ積極的支援の岸田首相の戦略は

NTV | Elbridge Colby, who was involved in the formulation of the strategy against China as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Trump administration, pointed out that the Biden administration's policy of "management of competition with China" will not work if China is seriously considering the invasion of Taiwan.......

Focus on China

Jewish Policy Center | Americans need to focus on China. We’re not just going to cut the Ukrainians off, but we have to get the Europeans to do what we’ve been trying to get the Europeans to do since Dwight Eisenhower......

The Threat of A US-China War Requires A US-Israel Reset

The Times of Israel | Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans to visit China later this year have drawn criticism from a number of quarters, but whether close allies are in favor of Israel visiting Beijing is the wrong lens for viewing US alliances in this renewed era of superpower rivalry......

Why US Needs A More Adaptive Diplomacy With India

The Economic Times | Elbridge Colby calls for a less rigid approach to diplomacy left over from the unipolar era. “In today's world…the US faces far too many significant challenges to adhere to such an inflexible and, indeed, often domineering mentality.......

To prevent China from dominating the world”: What is the best path that U.S. experts think? // 「中国に世界を支配させないために」 米識者が考える最善の道とは

The Asahi Shimbun | Elbridge Colby, who served as deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Trump administration, participated in the conference and felt a difference in the perception of the Ukraine issue between Western countries and the countries of the Global South, which consists of emerging and developing countries.....

Taiwan has a big problem

Washington Examiner | There's a broader philosophical-political point Taiwan neglects here. As Taiwan strategist Elbridge Colby put it, "If Taiwan is so blithe about its own defense, why should Americans stick their necks out?...

Rethinking a Conservative Foreign Policy

WSJ Podcast: Free Expression | How can U.S. foreign policy succeed in a new age of great power confrontation? Does the challenge of an ascendant China mean U.S. support for a European war against Russia is a dangerous distraction?...

Should US Prioritize Combating China or Russia?

Newsmax | “Former Deputy Defense Secretary Elbridge Colby, who was instrumental in writing the 2018 National Defense Strategy, contends that preparing for the inevitable war with China over Taiwan should take precedence over Ukraine…”.....

Elbridge Colby to Speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival 2023

The Aspen Institute | Elbridge A. Colby, Co-Founder and Principal of The Marathon Initiative; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Strategy and Force Development; author of “The Strategy of Denial”, will participate as a speaker at the 2023 Aspen Ideas Festival, hosted by The Aspen Institute, a renowned, global nonprofit committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society.....

Elbridge Colby joins Nixon National Energy Conference Panel Discussion

The Nixon Foundation | Elbridge Colby joined the Nixon National Energy Conference Panel Discussion on America’s 21st Century Energy Policy and explored the importance of developing a comprehensive energy plan that meets the multi-faceted challenges of today ranging from geopolitical implications to domestic infrastructure, permitting, clean energy technology and economic challenges/opportunities.....

Filling Out the China Grid

The American Conservative | Keep it simple, if you can. We impose paradigms on a complicated world because we must—without these patterns we could not act, only react writes Micah Meadowcraft....

Elbridge Colby and Clausewitzian Diplomacy

RealClear Defense | Colby notes that China’s strategic ambitions go “well beyond Taiwan,” and those ambitions are manifest in China’s military posture in the South China Sea and its acquiring of ports and bases in the Indian Ocean, Africa, and even Latin America........

Targeting Victory in A Time of Change

Diplomatic Courier | Here, it is worth reading Krepinevich’s book in parallel with Elbridge Colby’s “The Strategy of Denial”. While some disagree with Colby’s analysis and conclusions, it is an articulation of a clear operational concept against which military planners can work and the services can acquire.,......

Bill Kristol Has No Business Making Demands of NR

National Review | Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and lead author of the Trump administration’s 2018 National Defense Strategy Report, Elbridge Colby (Elbridge Colby) said in an interview with Voice of America that the U.S. and China are currently in a “zero-sum situation.....

Li Qiang said that “China and the United States can cooperate.” American experts pointed out that the prospects are low and “unrealistic”, calling on the Biden administration to give up

VOA | Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and lead author of the Trump administration’s 2018 National Defense Strategy Report, Elbridge Colby (Elbridge Colby) said in an interview with Voice of America that the U.S. and China are currently in a “zero-sum situation.....

The Rise of the Right-Wing Peacenik

The Free Press | Many on the right are not so much anti-war as they are China-focused. This includes Elbridge Colby, a deputy assistant secretary of defense under Trump and a leading advocate of channeling dollars and military assets away from the Middle East and Eastern Europe and toward East Asia.......

The Realignment: 348 | Is Taiwan Next?: Part II with Elbridge Colby

The Realignment | Elbridge Colby, co-founder of The Marathon Initiative, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development, and author of The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict, returns to The Realignment to follow up on last year's episode on Taiwan......

A Strategy of Denial for the Western Pacific

U.S. Naval Institute | China aspires to dominate the Indo-Pacific region—the impact of which would dramatically undermine Americans’ security, freedom, and prosperity. The only workable strategy is to deny China this goal. The naval services will play a central role.....

There’s Too Much Bull in Biden’s China Shop

National Review | Increasingly ubiquitous and must-read China hawk Elbridge Colby saw the opposite: “The fact that they sailed a balloon all the way over America doesn’t make China look weak. It’s a brazen move. Now we’re supposed to sweep it under the rug for the delusion of ‘cooperating while competing’?”....

China lashes US ‘hegemony, bullying’ in diplomatic grenade

The Australian | lbridge Colby, a China expert at the Marathon Initiative in Washington, said the document – entitled US Hegemony and its Perils – illustrated “a major part of what binds China and Russia so tightly together: a shared opposition to an American-dominated world”.....

Mike Gallagher: A New Cold Warrior

RealClearPolitics | “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. ........

What’s the latest on the suspected spy balloons?

ABC - RN Breakfast | US officials claim a Chinese-military backed program is behind the mysterious balloons spotted above North America. Elbridge Colby, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence during the Trump administration joined RN Breakfast to discuss........

Defense Expert Bridge Colby Analyzes China’s Intentions

Clay and Buck | Joined now by Elbridge Colby, who is an expert on China and United States relations, and he also is the co-founder and principle of the Marathon Initiative. He is a former U.S. assistant deputy secretary of defense for strategy and force deployment.......

Hopkins Podcast: Is Ukraine a Distraction?

Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs | "Listen to our latest episode with @ElbridgeColby of Marathon Initiative! We discuss U.S. defense priorities, whether war in Ukraine is a distraction, & what Biden should do to prepare for war over Taiwan."....

Why the US-China relationship is so difficult

ARD | The security expert and author Elbridge Colby, formerly on the planning staff of the US Department of Defense, assesses the risk of war as follows: "There is a very realistic concern that there could be a war with China in this decade," Colby said in an ARD interview....

Bridge Colby – Wargaming U.S. Response to China-Taiwan Invasion

The Buck Sexton Show | Bridge Colby is a principal at the Marathon Initiative who served as a lead official on the 2018 National Defense Strategy, which shifted U.S. military preparedness toward China. He’s the author of “Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict, which the WSJ named as one of the top ten books of 2021.......

Discussing Taiwan and related issues with Elbridge Colby

The Washington Examiner | Earlier in December, Elbridge Colby, principal at the Marathon Initiative and the primary architect of the widely lauded 2018 National Defense Strategy, sat down with me to discuss the situation in Taiwan and other related topics. See more of our interview in the video below......

Mike Gallagher’s China challenge

The Spectator | For Elbridge Colby, former deputy assistant secretary of defense and author of The Strategy of Denial — an influential work on the challenge of Chinese belligerence — the choice of Gallagher as committee chair is “a huge gain...

Tweet: S. Jaishankar and Elbridge Colby Dialogue

India-US Forum 2023 | @ElbridgeColby: It was a distinct and unique honor to be able to discuss key issues around the US-India relationship with @DrSJaishankar this morning during the opening session of the 6th @AnantaAspen India-US Forum.....

Intelligence Matters

Intelligence Matters | BEST OF 2022: Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development Elbridge Colby discusses whether the U.S. military is ready for a new era of great power competition....

Richard Marles rules out Australian base for US nuclear subs

The Australian | “Almost everything should be on the table with Australia, we need to make it far less complicated,” said Elbridge Colby, a former senior Trump administration defence official, pointing to a slew of arcane regulations that prevent advanced US defence technology being shared with Australia......

Canada, playing catch-up, enters its own ‘decisive decade’ with China

The Hub - Canada | “Canada’s new Indo-Pacific strategy represents an important step forward. It begins to bring Ottawa’s policies into line with the increasingly evident reality that China is an exceptionally powerful, ambitious, and aggressive state that needs to be dealt with as it is, not as we might wish it to be........

A Dangerous Game Over Taiwan

The New Yorker | Some American officials and experts believe that China’s advantages will begin to wane later in the decade. A new generation of U.S. defense improvements is scheduled to come online, and America’s defense industrial base, now attenuated, will be revived—or so goes the hope.....

Bipartisanship Is Dead. Except on China.

Bloomberg | In part, no doubt, the consensus on China reflects a far-reaching reassessment of the global balance of power by the American political elite, based on their careful study of the subject....

The Grand Strategy Summit: American Leadership in the 21st Century

Richard Nixon Foundation | The Grand Strategy Summit will gather top government officials and leaders from diplomatic, economic, defense and media sectors to chart a path forward for the United States to "meet its responsibilities of leadership," tackle the tumultuous geopolitical challenges of our time and develop innovative strategies that promote America's national interest in the 21st century. ......

Taiwan’s New Security Challenges: Economic and Military Security

Express UK | About the event: Taiwan is increasingly being tested by both military and economic security pressures from China. Beijing’s stepped-up manned and unmanned military activities and imposition of greater economic and military costs on other countries engaging in otherwise regular diplomatic.....

Biden’s ‘Armageddon’ nuclear warning builds on increasing worries about a desperate Putin

USA Today | But one longtime U.S. defense and intelligence official, Elbridge Colby, said Putin's longstanding preoccupation with building up Russia's nuclear capabilities, combined with his current predicament in Ukraine, "leads me to think that it is a serious possibility" that he could detonate some kind of nuclear device, most likely in a battlefield setting....

Why Protecting Taiwan Really Matters to the U.S.

TIME | Why is it worthwhile for Americans to defend Taiwan? In very concrete terms, what’s in it for us? At this point, there is widespread agreement among Americans that China is a major threat and that U.S. policy needs to address it. At the same time, though, most Americans are rightly opposed to the forever wars of the past two decades and skeptical of more military interventions....

The Nixon Seminar – October 4, 2022

Richard Nixon Foundation | The Nixon Seminar tours around the world, exploring emerging hotspots and opportunities that America should seize on as core elements of a long-term national foreign policy."......

China Thinks 50 Years Ahead. Can the US?

Bloomberg | In addition to the classified intelligence it will receive, the committee should be reading books like On China by Henry Kissinger; Destined for War: Can America and China Escape the Thucydides Trap by Graham Allison; China in Ten Words by Yu Hua; When China Rules the World: Second Edition by Martin Jacques;.......

How Does China Envision the World Order?

Network 20/20 | Join us for a conversation with Elbridge Colby, Co-founder and Principal of the Marathon Initiative; Author of The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict, and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense....

Realism AND Restraint get the test at National Conservatism conference

Responsible Statecraft | MIAMI — Where are national conservatives (mostly associated with the nationalist, populist movement) on China? There is no easy answer for that, though there seems to be a strong inclination towards Donald Trump’s approach before and during his presidency: don’t start any new wars, but if someone wants to start a fight, be ready to clobber them....

Words and Actions in the Taiwan Strait

Foundation for the Defense of Democracies | To help illustrate why Taiwan matters and exactly what steps the U.S. must take to defend Taipei and counter Beijing, guest host Bradley Bowman — senior director of FDD’s Center on Military and Political Power — is joined by top experts RADM (Ret) Mark Montgomery and Elbridge Colby.....

India presents China a two-front problem, U.S. Navy chief suggests

Nikkei Asia | "What the United States and Japan need India to do is to be as strong as possible in South Asia and effectively draw Chinese attention so that they have a major second-front problem," said Colby, the principal author of the 2018 National Defense Strategy under former President Donald Trump. ...

Lessons of Ukraine: Half a Year of Invasion

Yomuiri | Based on the failure of the Russian military, China is expected to aim to secure air superiority by completely destroying the air defense network with a large number of precision-guided missiles immediately after the start of the war with Taiwan....

Can China’s Invasion of Taiwan be Prevented?

Army Matters - Association of the United States Army | Most people believe it’s not a question of if China will invade Taiwan, but “when”. So can this be prevented? Host Joe Craig sits down with Elbridge Colby to discuss his 2021 book The Strategy of Denial: American Defense.....

America’s Industrial Base Isn’t Ready for War With China

The Wall Street Journal | The war in Ukraine should galvanize Washington policy makers. It has demonstrated that America’s defense-industrial base isn’t up to the job of supplying the U.S. military with weapons for a prolonged conventional conflict with a major power such as China.....

Biden’s China Strategy Is Failing

The Federalist Radio Hour | On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Elbridge Colby, co-founder and principal of The Marathon Initiative and author of “The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power.....

‘Japan to triple its defense budget’: Former U.S. Defense official Bridge Colby

Nikkei Asia | The Fumio Kishida government is considering increasing defense spending at a pace that will not be able to counter the threat from China. Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Elbridge Colby, who is visiting Japan, said in an interview with the Nihon Keizai Shimbun on the 4th that the defense budget should immediately be tripled from the current level.......

American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict

Hidden Forces | In Episode 261 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Elbridge Colby, co-founder and principal of The Marathon Initiative, an organization whose mission is to develop the diplomatic, military, and economic strategies that the United States will need to navigate a protracted era of great power competition.......

Revisiting Deterrence: What’s Changed from 2007 to 2022

Foreign Policy Research Institute | In a 2007 article for Orbis, Elbridge Colby argued, "deterrence is a security policy offering a way forward for the United States that is not only more effective because it is more tailored, but is also more moral than its alternatives."...

How to keep the peace in the Indo-Pacific

The Japan Times | Still, there is a limit to the appeal of public goods There is a real difference between “new friends” and making hard choices that risk doing real damage to national security. Countries will take what they’re offered but are likely to remain on the fence in a conflict. .....

Podcast: Does Biden have a geopolitical plan?

The Spectator Podcast — The District | Spectator Deputy Editor Oliver Wiseman is joined by Elbridge Colby, a senior Pentagon official during the Trump administration and the author of A Strategy of Denial, to discuss Biden’s foreign policy, the war in Ukraine and whether the US is doing enough to rise to the China threat......

Create a NATO for the Pacific, U.S. senator proposes

Nikkei Asia | Elbridge Colby, a former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development, said that spending political capital to form an Asian NATO would distract America and its allies from preparing for the China challenge......

Ukraine’s Tactics Are Showing Smaller Countries How to Fight Back

Bloomberg | “The clear lesson is: Don’t rely on indirect international pressure. You’ve got to be able to defeat the adversary’s ability to take and hold the key territory of your state,” says Elbridge Colby, a former Pentagon official who was the lead architect of the Trump administration’s 2018 National Defense Strategy......

‘Strategic confusion’ hurts Taiwan

Tapei Times | As for Washington’s commitment to Taiwan, “the morality of a foreign policy should be judged not by words or intent, but by how well it does that,” American Global Strategies senior adviser Elbridge Colby aptly said.....

Top Republicans dismiss partisan differences

The Australian | Former Trump administration Pentagon official Elbridge Colby, an expert of Indo-Pacific affairs and co-founder of the Marathon Initiative, said he hoped Australia didn’t change its foreign policy stance under Labor........

The Taboo Against Great Power War Is Gone

The New York Times | Two of the key lessons of the Russian-Ukraine war are the tremendous expenditure of the most high-technology ordnance to achieve any useful battlefield effect, and the vulnerability of even the most advanced ships, planes and tanks to enemy action......