The Strategy of Denial American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict Elbridge A. Colby

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
09 Nov 2021
ISBN:
9780300256437
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
384 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
6 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
World

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Why and how America’s defense strategy must change in light of China’s power and ambition

Elbridge A. Colby was the lead architect of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, the most significant revision of U.S. defense strategy 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 deeply engaged in 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. Colby lives in Washington, D.C.