The strategic dimensions of Australia’s new defence minister diarchy

PETER LAYTON | For the first time Australia now has two senior ministers in the Defence portfolio, with Marise Payne as Minister for Defence and… Read More

The Foreign Affairs White Paper probably won’t be a real strategy

PETER LAYTON | Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has laid out some tough parameters for her newly commissioned White Paper. It will set out… Read More

How to overhaul the dismal trade of strategy

PETER LAYTON | There’s no shortage of dark, pessimistic visions out there, including a revisionist Russia, an assertive China, the end of globalisation, a declining… Read More

Security shouldn’t trump economics on the Ausgrid sale

PETER LAYTON | Security trumps economics, or so the Ausgrid saga seems to have taught us. But maybe this framing is all wrong. Security and… Read More

ANZUS pact needs a gold-standard upgrade under Clinton or Trump

PETER LAYTON | Now that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have secured US presidential nominations, the Turnbull government has a narrow window of opportunity to… Read More

ANZUS in Trumpland—should we have seen it coming?

PETER LAYTON | Andrew Davies’ recent post on the possibility of Donald Trump as US President presents an interesting alternative future that could cause… Read More

A mixed fighter fleet for Canada? Super Hornets, F-​35s, and the challenge of comparisons

PETER LAYTON | Every country has an F-35 story it seems. Both Australian and Canadian force structure planning has been blighted by the aircraft’s problems… Read More

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter – Just another fighter bomber

PETER LAYTON | The Lockheed Martin F-35 is finally on track after numerous technical issues, long delays and large cost increases. Daniel Conroy, LM’s F-35 Director asserts:… Read More


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