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American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict

by Colby, Elbridge A.

For followers of Robert D. Kaplan's masterful non-fiction, Elbridge A. Colby offers his perspective and insight on geopolitics.

Elbridge A. Colby was the lead architect of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, the most significant revision of that document in a generation. Here he lays out how America's defense must change to address China's growing power and ambition. Based firmly in the realist tradition but written with an awareness of current policy, this book offers a clear framework for what America's goals in confronting China must be, how its military strategy must change, and how it must prioritize these goals over its lesser interests.

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.

Elbridge A. Colby is co-founder and principal of The Marathon Initiative. He served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development from 2017 through 2018, during which he led the development of the 2018 National Defense Strategy. Bridge Colby publishes articles fairly regularly on current affairs, mostly US/China relations, in places like NYT, WSJ, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, etc. and that extends to the international press lately especially in Germany. He is the grandson of Nixon/Ford-era CIA Director William Colby.

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Author's Korean piece

Quote: Hankookilbo

What to do about China's rising might and territorial ambition? Brilliant strategist Elbridge Colby takes on this vexing and increasingly urgent challenge with a clear-eyed, forceful but carefully thought-out approach. Cogently, lucidly, he uses the lessons of history to show that the best way to avoid war is to prepare for war.

Quote: Evan Thomas, co-author of THE WISE MEN: Six Friends and the World They Made and, most recently, FIRST: Sandra Day O’Connor

There are many ways to lose wars or win them, but only one way to avoid them: to envision closely enough the dangers to be averted by deterrence or defense. This book brings together pure intellect, wide knowledge, and practical experience to show how U.S. defense strategy must change - and fast.

Quote: Edward Luttwak, author of STRATEGY: The Logic of War and Peace and THE RISE OF CHINA VS. THE LOGIC OF STRATEGY

An exceptional book. Elbridge Colby has written a book on defense strategy that reaches a level of theoretical mastery akin to Hans Morgenthau's POLITICS AMONG NATIONS. There is no better guidebook to how we should think about war and peace in this new age of great power competition.

Quote: Robert D. Kaplan, Robert Strausz-Hupe Chair in Geopolitics at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and author of ASIA’S CAULDRON and THE REVENGE OF GEOGRAPHY

Author's Japanese piece: Japan must urgently increase defense spending ...

Quote: Nikkei Asia

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