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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April 11, 2024

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..........
April 10, 2024

Israel and Ukraine dominate Biden’s life. China gets its moment this week.

Politico | “There is a lot of progress in U.S. relations with key Asian states. But the fact is that the progress at the concrete level of the military balance is well behind what is needed to match China’s aweing military buildup,” said Elbridge Colby,........
April 2, 2024

The Nixon Seminar: The United Nations and International Institutions – April 2, 2024

Richard Nixon Foundation | This month's Nixon Seminar will focus on the United Nations and International Institutions.........
April 1, 2024

Elbridge Colby thinks the US military is dramatically unprepared to defend our interests in Asia

Washington Examiner | Among those sounding the alarm over the U.S.’s preparedness for military conflict in Asia is Elbridge Colby, the former deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development and co-founder of the Marathon Initiative........
March 29, 2024

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

Newsweek |  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,.......
March 27, 2024

‘Delete America Approach’: Fmr Pentagon Official Calls Out China’s Continuous Alleged Cyber Espionage Campaign

The Daily Caller | Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Elbridge Colby called out Wednesday on Fox News a continual cyber espionage campaign allegedly driven by China...........
March 27, 2024

The Ingraham Angle: US businessmen were participating in a ‘Chinese Communist spectacle’

Fox News | 'The Ingraham Angle' panelists Gordon Chang and Elbridge Colby discuss U.S. business executives meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping...........
March 20, 2024

China v. Ukraine with Elbridge Colby; TikTok’s Clock; Election Meddling Is Cool Now?

Hoover Institute | Elbridge Colby, former Defense Department assistant secretary and cofounder of the Marathon Initiative, which studies great-power competition, joins Hoover senior fellows........
March 7, 2024

A nearly $1 trillion defense budget faces headwinds at home and abroad

Defense News | “Our military is not what it should be, despite spending almost $1 trillion,” said Elbridge Colby, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense who helped develop Trump’s National Defense Strategy........
March 2, 2024

[워싱턴 톡] 한국 위해 미 도시 희생 어려워 vs 미국 공약 의심 말아야 // [Washington Talk] It’s hard to sacrifice the U.S. city for Korea vs. Don’t doubt the promise of the U.S.

VOA Korea | While North Korea threatens 'nuclear use', it has been diagnosed that it will be difficult for the United States to defend South Korea at the expense of its own cities.......