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.

Classics and Strategy

by Jakub Grygiel 

Classic texts – whether by Roman historians such as Tacitus or Greek tragedians such as Aeschylus or Florentine diplomats such as Francesco Guicciardini – give us important, and even unusual, insights into strategy. They certainly do not supply a ready-made strategy that could be applied to a specific security problem we face now. But they can open for us new or forgotten ways of thinking about threats and the competitive security environment, offering a perspective that is missing in modern intellectual and educational circles. Free of technical jargon and without abstractions, classics favor simplicity over simplification, privilege practical insights over abstraction, and elevate the role of individuals over impersonal trends and institutions. And they describe the motivations and the drivers behind men’s actions, the core of any strategy. This book brings back some of these classic writers, examining their thoughts on strategy and politics.
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The Strategy of Denial

by Elbridge Colby 

The most informed and in-depth reappraisal of America’s defense strategy in decades, this book outlines a rigorous but practical approach, showing how the United States can prepare to win a war with China that we cannot afford to lose—precisely in order to deter that war from happening.
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Sharing the Load: Developing Better Strategies for Burden Sharing

by Elbridge Colby with Robert Almelor Delfeld

The purpose of this study is to provide a strategic framework which the United States can use to lead to better burden sharing outcomes, in turn driving greater and more aligned efforts by Washington’s allies and partners.
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Building a Strategy for Escalation and War Termination

by Elbridge Colby and Yashar Parsie 

This paper examines the necessity for the United States to formulate a theory of success in a conflict over Taiwan that includes denial but also indicates how to favorably manage escalation – that is, achieving its strategic-political goals without, at a minimum, precipitating a massive attack on the United States.
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Statement of Elbridge A. Colby to the Special Committee on the Canada-China Relationship, House of Commons of Canada

by Elbridge Colby

Thank you very much for the invitation to testify. It is a great honor to be able to submit testimony to this important and timely Committee. Whether we like it or not, the world has now entered into an era of great power rivalry. While the United States and China are the two primary poles in this new old world, everyone – including Canada – will be profoundly affected.
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Zeitenwende – German Defence Policy in an Era of Great Power Conflict: Keynote Remarks

by Elbridge Colby

“The Zeitenwende is thus an historic and enormously commendable step by Germany, as it points in the direction of a truly collaborative solution to this global set of problems we as allies now face …”
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Strategic Sequencing: How Great Powers Avoid Multi-Front War

by A. Wess Mitchell

This paper examines how four great powers in history have handled simultaneity …
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Association of the United States Army LANPAC: Keynote Remarks

by Elbridge Colby

“Our empowerment, our bolstering of military efforts is focused on denial – a goal that is in the most basic sense defensive …”
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Economic Interdependence Will Not Deter U.S.-China War

by Christopher Vassallo

Economic ties linking the U.S. with China are insufficient to prevent a war …
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Realizing the Contact & Blunt Layers in Europe and Asia

by Elbridge Colby and Jakub Grygiel (with Yashar Parsie)

The purpose of this study is to provide a strategic framework for how the U.S. should think about and act toward allies and partners in an era defined by great power competition…
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January 25, 2023

Evolving Views on Deterrence as a Security Policy

Orbis | Deterrence offers the United States not only a more effective security policy but also a more moral one than its alternatives—so contended Elbridge Colby in 2007....
January 24, 2023

Elbridge Colby — BBC News

BBC | Elbridge Colby on BBC News.......
January 23, 2023

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.......
January 22, 2023

Here’s how America can reduce its military-industrial complex

The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton | Former Department of Defense official Elbridge Colby and author Matt Stoller examine how America can create a balanced defense budget amidst the national debt ceiling crisis on 'The Next Revolution.'.....
January 21, 2023

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......
January 19, 2023

In 2023, the Indo-Pacific “anti-hegemony alliance” is gradually taking shape, and China’s ambitions have contributed to it

VOA | Elbridge Colby, former deputy assistant secretary of defense and lead author of the Trump administration's 2018 National Defense Strategy report, told VOA: "Counter-hegemonic alliances are forming, and in some On the one hand, it already exists .....
January 16, 2023

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...
January 13, 2023

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.....
January 13, 2023

Talk by Mr Elbridge Colby on ‘The Strategy of Denial: An Assessment of US Defense Strategy for the Indo Pacific’

Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses | The Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA) is organising a Talk by Mr Elbridge Colby, author of ‘The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Competition’....
December 23, 2022

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....