When it comes to China, is the Pentagon’s Colin Kahl living on another planet?
Elbridge Colby, Pentagon lead for the 2018 National Defense Strategy and author of the acclaimed Strategy of Denial, is a little kinder to the Pentagon official. He told me that “Kahl is right that we should not panic. We have advantages. But the attitude we need is not blithe dismissiveness but an all-hands-on-deck sense of urgency. We need a five-alarm fire level of attention if we are to make the changes needed even for five years from now. We should take nothing for granted.”