Bridge Colby quoted in Politico article, “Pentagon Considering Permanent Naval Task Force to Counter China in the Pacific”

"While the initiatives would not be a silver bullet to solve the China problem, the efforts are an encouraging sign that the Pentagon is committed to moving resources away from the Middle East and elevating the needs of the Pacific, said Elbridge Colby, a former Trump Pentagon official who is now a principal at The Marathon Initiative…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-07-20T23:30:32-04:00June 15, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Bridge Colby quoted in The Wall Street Journal article, “Pentagon to Speed up Efforts to Counter China”

"'At this point, the say-do gap is the problem,' said Elbridge Colby, a former Pentagon official who played a key role in developing the national defense strategy during the Trump administration. 'We have had prioritization of China for several years. But not enough has been done to translate that into reality, and the problem is alarmingly urgent…'" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-07-20T20:03:57-04:00June 9, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Bridge Colby and Andrea Kendall-Taylor quoted in Foreign Policy article, “China and Russia Turn Deeper Ties Into a Military Challenge for Biden”

"'You face a two-front war where we don’t have a two-front military,' said Elbridge Colby, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense during the Trump administration. 'If NATO is expecting U.S. forces to bail it out simultaneously with a fight over Taiwan, we can’t do them both. We don’t have the assets. That can create huge problems for us…' "'We have to start thinking about how they also generate synergy in ways that amplify the challenge that both countries pose,' said [...]

2021-04-20T12:35:14-04:00April 20, 2021|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Bridge Colby quoted in Foreign Policy article, “Biden Administration Looks to Contain China With Allies’ Help, Despite No Asian NATO”

"The Biden administration has found a receptive ear in Asian capitals for pushing back on China’s territorial expansion. It is getting increased buy-in for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue from Japan, as well as from long-wary partners India and Australia, which recently began military exercises together again after a long pause. And the new team is trying to make strides with Japan and South Korea by burying the hatchet on negotiations over the cost of hosting U.S. troops there… "'Basically every state [...]

2021-03-26T16:36:50-04:00March 26, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Bridge Colby in The Washington Post: “Biden’s Global, Muscular Liberalism is an Indefensible Foreign Policy in 2021”

"The central theme of President Biden’s foreign policy is a global, muscular liberalism. Ensuring that democracy 'will and must prevail,' Biden told the Munich Security Conference, is 'our galvanizing mission.' This appears to mean taking on threats to democracy wherever they lie — challenging both China and Russia, which Biden has said posits 'just as real' a threat as Beijing — while continuing the 'forever wars,' halting reductions of U.S. forces in Europe, sanctioning the new military government in Myanmar, signaling [...]

2021-03-21T08:00:52-04:00March 21, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Bridge Colby quoted in The Diplomat article, “Making Sense of Europe’s Military Engagement in Asia”

"Nonetheless, what Washington expects Europe to do in military terms in Asia has often been ambiguous. While the U.S. has assisted with British and French deployments, there is skepticism in the U.S. about Europe’s military role in Asia. 'Better to have Europe play to its strengths in the Euro-Atlantic area rather than to vainly try to project meaningful military power to the Asia-Pacific,' argues Elbridge Colby. The Biden administration needs to come up with a clear idea as to what military [...]

2021-03-21T00:00:38-04:00March 21, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Bridge Colby writes in Nikkei Asia: “Japan Must Urgently Increase Defense Spending”

"Japan needs to spend a lot more on defense. Though relations between Tokyo and Washington are very solid, the simple fact is that America cannot and, if pressed, very likely will not balance China effectively alone. Japan needs to play a much greater role, not as a favor to Washington, but for its own sake…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-03-19T05:00:41-04:00March 19, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Bridge Colby writes with Dennis Blair in The Manila Standard: “For the Philippines, Sticking With America Is a Better, Safe Play”

"It is now clear to all that the major factor in international politics will be the US-China competition, in Asia more than anywhere else. The new Biden administration has signaled that it will pick up where the Trump administration left off and undertake an 'extreme competition' with China. Beijing, meanwhile, has made increasingly clear its aspirations to hegemony over Asia and its consequent opposition to US influence – the primary roadblock to that goal – in the region. "The question for countries [...]

2021-03-07T21:10:00-05:00March 7, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|
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