The INF Treaty Hamstrings the US – Trump is Right to Leave It

by Elbridge Colby


“Rather, the most compelling reason for withdrawal is that the United States could materially improve the military balance against China in East Asia by developing and deploying INF-noncompliant systems. China poses a much larger and more sophisticated long-term military threat than Russia, and U.S. strike options are more constrained by the geography of the Pacific. The United States is currently complying with a treaty unilaterally and suffering for it — albeit in a different theater.”

Elbridge Colby, Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security, argues in this article that the implications of the INF treaty are not limited to Russian nuclear weapons, but also concern Chinese conventional weapons. He states that an arms control treaty that addresses both of these problems would be preferable to the status quo.
Read the full article, originally published by The Washington Post 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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