Elbridge Colby Discussing U.S. Military Readiness and Ukraine

Elbridge Colby is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development who, in 2017 and early 2018 was the co-lead on the development of the National Defense Strategy which is as important as it sounds. His recent book, recently out in paperback, is “The Strategy of Denial: American defense in an age of great power conflict.” He’s also co-founder of the Marathon Initiative which aims to help America’s leaders and thinkers reach a better understanding of proper national security strategy. We'll discuss a Twitter thread from yesterday in which Bridge argues that US support for Ukraine poses serious challenges for our military readiness should there be an even moderately significant conflagration requiring our participation elsewhere in the world. He's not necessarily saying that that means we shouldn't support Ukraine but rather than we should be cognizant of this potential negative impact on our national security. I'll ask Bridge a question on behalf of fmr NATO Supreme Allied Commander ADM James Stavridis as well.

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The Marathon Initiative

Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy

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(6) Elbridge Colby on Twitter: "Despite many doth protest too much-style protestations to the contrary, this (excellent) report from @SethGJones @CSIS highlights some of the very real tradeoffs between supporting Ukraine and getting ready for a Taiwan fight. 1/ https://t.co/PZ99aefWLo" / Twitter

A European parallel? ‘I am pissed off!’ German army official bemoans ‘bare’ forces as Russia invades Ukraine – POLITICO

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