Visiting Fellow Peter Layton

The rise of armed unmanned aircraft

Editorial note: In the first of a two-part article, Dr Peter Layton explores the evolution of the armed unmanned aircraft from its first use in… Read More

Mai Tai diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific

It’s Mai Tai time again for many of the world’s navies and some air forces. The month-long, biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC)… Read More

Rethinking grand strategy

Grand strategy may seem an irrelevant idea but it’s not. As Colin Gray declares “all strategy is grand strategy.” Without a grand strategy that explains… Read More

Using a Clausewitzian Dictum to rethink achieving victory

“War is thus an act of force to compel the enemy to do our will.” —Carl von Clausewitz, On War, Book 1, Chapter 1. Clausewitz’s… Read More

Australia’s Chinese ballistic missile problem

Late last year in Australia, there was sudden interest shown in ballistic missile defence (BMD). Although the driver was North Korea’s missile testing,… Read More

Duelling algorithms: Using artificial intelligence in warfighting

Technological change is relentless. Fifth generation warfare is only just emerging but already commercial technology developments are pushing us in new directions. Artificial intelligence (AI) has… Read More

An alternative to the rules-based order?

There’s a fundamental problem in Australia’s relationship with China: China’s growth advances prosperity but menaces security. If the rules-based order construct does not suit volatile times—and… Read More

Contested skies: Our uncertain air superiority future

In war, there’s a constant to and fro. At times defence dominates, at other times offence. Technologies arise and fall. Disruption rules. This is noticeably… Read More

Why Australia should consider sharing nuclear weapons

The future looks ominous. There are grim warnings that Australia’s strategic situation has worsened dramatically, with major power conflict increasingly likely. Some… Read More

Free trade with Chinese characteristics: Let the buyer beware

Canada will seek a free trade agreement with China – only the timing is uncertain. Integrating with the world’s largest economy (in purchasing power parity… Read More