Elbridge Colby Biography

Elbridge Colby is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for strategy and has also served as the Department of Defense co-lead in past. Currently, the co-founder of Marathon Initiative is also an author and has recently penned his new book, “Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an age of Great Power Conflict”.

Early Life

Elbridge’s exact date and year of birth are not available but he is believed to be in his mid-40s as of now. He was born in a white Caucasian family and is a Christian by religion. Much is not known about his early life, parents, and family but is currently settled in Washington DC. Elbridge is known to have attained his bachelor’s of arts degree in History from Harvard University in 2002 after which he also pursued a Juris Doctorate degree to study law from Yale Law School in 2009.

Elbridge Colby Career

Colby started his career as a principal analyst and division lead of Global Strategic affairs at CAN in 2010 and worked at the position for over three years before moving on to become a Robert M Gates Senior Fellow in 2014. He worked at the Center for a New American Security as a senior fellow for more than three years till 2017. The same year, he was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development under the United States Department of Defense and worked in the rollout of the Department’s 2018 National Defense strategy.

At CNAS, Elbridge Colby has also served as the Director of Defense Program in 2018 where he led the center’s work on defense issues, and the same year, he also joined in as the senior Advisor at WestExec Advisors where he currently works as well. Recently, in 2019 he co-founded the Marathon Initiative for great power competition for US and allies in Washington DC where he is the co-founder as well as the principal. Other than this, he is also the author of the book Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an age of Great Power Conflict”.

Social Media

Elbridge is active on social media platforms like Twitter where he currently has 3.5k followers since he joined in 2011. He also has a well-updated LinkedIn account but is not known to be on platforms like Facebook, Instagram Snapchat, etc.

Elbridge Colby Biography

Real Name Elbridge A. Colby
Birth Date 1981-1986
Age 35-40 Years
Birth Place United States
Nationality American
Profession Author, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Military for Strategy
Religion Christianity
Sun sign

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 7” – in Centimeters – 170 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 66 kg  –  in Pounds –  145 lbs
Shoe Size 8 (U.S.)
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Body Type Average




College Harvard College, Yale Law Schoo

Relationship Status

Marital Status Single
Affair No
Who is his girlfriend/wife? None

Personal Life

Colby has not openly talked about his personal life and relationships and lives a low-key life out of media attention. He is believed to be a married man but the information is not certain as of yet. His personal life, likes, hobbies, and favorites are currently unknown.

Elbridge Colby Net Worth

Elbridge Colby has held several significant and important positions throughout his career and has been earning handsome income over the years. He also earns through his books and publications. His net worth as of 2021 is estimated to be around $1million.


  • Elbridge Colby often talks about the defense and foreign policy issues and also writes for publications like The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Interest, etc.
  • He was the co-editor of Strategic stability; Contending Interpretations 2013.
  • Elbridge received the Exceptional Public service award for Office of secretary defense and of superior and meritorious honor award.
  • He is the co-chair of the Washington DC Advisory committee of Hamilton Society.

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