Visiting Fellow Peter Layton

Social mobilisation in a contested environment

As geostrategic circumstances darken, there’s new interest in military mobilisation. For Australia, that involves moving the Australian Defence Force beyond its normal peacetime rate of… Read More

The trouble in the air on a tense Tuesday in Northeast Asia

The ruckus after South Korea fired warning shots at a nosy Russian spy plane marks a significant rise in tensions. Last Tuesday (23 July)… Read More

Building an Australian grand strategy

Grand strategy is rarely mentioned in Australian defence debates. That’s unfortunate as it’s designed for use in solving complex problems when resources are limited. And… Read More

Beyond ‘balancing’: alternative US grand strategies for dealing with China and Russia

It’s time to start paying attention. The US–China spat is doubling down. The hardline speeches given by Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe and… Read More

Mobilisation in the information technology era

Artificial intelligence, big data, virtual reality, robotics, cloud computing.  The information technology (IT) revolution rolls on, progressively changing the world. The revolution is most… Read More

Rethinking US grand strategy

Great power competition is today’s defining strategic issue.  Crucially this competition is seen as remaining below the level of great power armed conflict,… Read More

Mobilising Defence in the “fourth industrial revolution”

Australia’s future wars may not run to our timetable. Our recent wars of choice have allowed participation as and when we wished. If some future… Read More

New Japanese Air Force emerges

The Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) lives in a tough neighbourhood. In the south, China is trying to gain control of the Senkaku Islands… Read More

Non-technical measures can help reduce Australia’s vulnerability to foreign influence

Most now agree that Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election, using social media manipulation to support its preferred candidate. In Australia, China has… Read More

Japan’s very busy fighter force

By international standards, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force is very busy. It scrambles fighters daily to intercept multiple aircraft penetrating Japan’s Air Defence Identification Zone… Read More