November 17, 2021

The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict

Elbridge A. Colby

Elbridge A. Colby outlines the main topic of his recent book “The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power”. He highlights his view that the most important U.S. foreign military focus must be China. He thinks that the best way to handle this issue it through what he calls ‘Denial Defense’. A strategy where the U.S. forms a coalition with other major players in Asia and the Pacific to deny China’s ability to use military force to achieve political objectives. In his defense of this tactic Colby states that it is not as important to show a meaningful commitment to other alliances we uphold outside of Asia and South Pacific—this is a very bold and potentially questionable stance seeing as it would lower U.S. reliability on all fronts. Overall, Colby makes a compelling argument about the future of American conflict and how to best prepare for winning a war with a reasonable cost and risk analysis.