“‘Nothing is more important’ than getting the commander at IndoPacom what he needs, said Elbridge Colby, who was instrumental in the writing of the National Defense Strategy when he worked at the Pentagon.

“‘Some people just don’t think it’s possible that we could lose a war against China or Russia if the Department doesn’t change fast. I think that misplaced disbelief is behind a lot of the inertia,’ Mr. Colby said in an email.

“‘The Department is shifting well for such an enormous enterprise but certain things are really key and making sure the IndoPacom commander has what he needs against China is especially vital,’ he added.”

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