Against the Great Powers: Reflections on Balancing Nuclear and Conventional Power

by Elbridge Colby

This article, originally published by the Texas National Security Review,
examines the best method of protecting US allies from a Russian or Chinese fait accompli, which Colby argues are more likely due to both countries’ buildup of conventional capabilities, and China’s evolving nuclear capability. The best way of protecting our allies against a Russian or Chinese fait accompli, according to Colby, is to ensure the US has flexible, tailored options in its nuclear arsenal. Read the full article here. 
Elbridge Colby

Elbridge Colby

Elbridge Colby is the Principal and Co-Founder of The Marathon Initiative, a non-profit research organization focused on developing the diplomatic, military, and economic strategies the United States will need to navigate protracted competition with great power rivals. He served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy & Force Development from 2017 to 2018. He focuses on strategic deterrence, nuclear weapons, conventional forces, and intelligence.
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