Our Work

We believe that the primary task for our generation is to build a new American strategy attuned to the pressing realities of our time. This framework must be comprehensive of the major regions and dimensions of U.S. power and interests. It must also be willing to challenge established wisdom and inertia in U.S. national security policy and related fields.

Illusions of U.S. Foreign Policy

by Jakub Grygiel

Built on the conviction that political order is engineered through a top-down process, Western foreign policy assumes that the state apparatus creates domestic order, while international institutions and rules build global order. Accordingly, what establishes a more efficient and lasting order is nothing more than the right application of power in its military, economic, or institutional forms.
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Broadening the Base: A Blueprint for Expanding Defense Industrial Capacity

by Robert Almelor Delfeld, with contributions from Elbridge A. Colby

The reform package best adapted to generate the broadest possible corporate and state-based coalition is by focusing on strengthening what this report designates as the defense industrial “sub-base” (DISB).
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China’s “New” Diplomacy: Opportunities for American Statecraft

by A. Wess Mitchell and Christopher Vassallo

The People’s Republic of China has embarked on an ambitious diplomatic campaign to increase its influence in strategically-vital regions and burnish its credentials as a great power of global reach.
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No Sanctuary: The PLA’s Kinetic Threat to the Homeland

by William Kim and Elbridge A. Colby

Without adequate U.S. preparations, a large-scale—or even small but effectively targeted— PLA strike against the United States could be devastating, not only in terms of direct costs but on the ability of the United States to wage a war.
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May 11, 2024

Taiwan must get serious on defense

The Taipei Times | With each passing day, the threat of a People’s Republic of China (PRC) assault on Taiwan grows......
May 7, 2024

Broadening the Defense Industrial Base with Marathon’s Robert Delfeld

American Compass | On this episode, Oren is joined by the Marathon Initiative’s Robert Delfeld to discuss how to broaden and strengthen the defense industrial base. They dig into the history and politics of the defense industry, the effects of deindustrialization on the supply chain, and a blueprint for supporting the defense industrial “sub-base. ........
April 30, 2024

[워싱턴 톡] 전술핵 한국 재배치 지지…‘자체 핵무장’ 가능성 열어줘야 // [Washington Talk] Support for relocation of tactical nuclear weapons to Korea… We need to open up the possibility of ‘self-nuclear armament’

VOA Korea | It was pointed out that we should not rely too much on the belief that the United States will protect Korea's security even at the expense of its own cities...........
April 30, 2024

The World with Yalda Hakim: Elbridge Colby on Escalating Tensions in the South China Sea

Sky News | Former Pentagon official Elbridge Colby joins "The World with Yalda Hakim" to discuss escalating tensions in the South China Sea. ........
April 29, 2024

New Cold War: US-China Rivalry in the 21st Century

Richard Heydarian's Meta Podcast | Hedarian interviews Elbridge A. Colby on the latest news in China-US rivalry.........
April 28, 2024

Om Ukraina, Kina og europeisk sikkerhet // About Ukraine, China and European Security

Internasjonalt Forum | Interview with Elbridge Colby: An exclusive interview that the head of the editorial committee, Ciwan Can, conducted with Elbridge Colby about how a possible victory for Donald Trump could affect the war in Ukraine and security in Europe. ........
April 26, 2024

The U.S. Munitions Deficit Is a Political Problem

Taiwan Talks | The best way to understand this lack of progress is as a form of collective action problem. Given the U.S. federal system’s grounding in a separation of powers..........
April 25, 2024

A former defense official warns about China’s military power

NPR | NPR's Steve Inskeep, who's in Beijing, talks to national security policy expert Elbridge Colby, about the Biden administration's foreign policy strategy with China...........
April 23, 2024

Can China’s Invasion of Taiwan Be Prevented?

Army Matters Podcast | Most people believe it’s not a question of if China will invade Taiwan, but “when”. So can this be prevented? ........
April 12, 2024

Ex-Trump Defense Official: Taiwan Should Stop Prioritizing Ukraine|Taiwan Talks EP343

Taiwan Talks | Taiwan Talks speaks to Elbridge Colby, the principal and co-founder of the Marathon Initiative, a think tank focused on strategies to equip the U.S. for great power competition..........