Visiting Fellow Peter Layton

Bringing the defence force into Australia’s climate-change fight

It’s time to structure the Australian Defence Force for this long, hot century. That doesn’t mean making it better suited to engaging in offshore climate-change-related… Read More

Australia’s F-35s: Lessons from a problematic purchase

It suddenly seems the Air Force needs major recapitalisation, just as its force structure is being renewed at considerable cost. In a… Read More

Undeclared air strikes: Between war and peace

Airpower has long been a favoured instrument in Middle Eastern wars, and none more so than by Israel. The country has been particularly innovative in… Read More

Time to rethink Australia’s strategic milling over China

Australia’s strategic, economic and political apprehension about the rising power of China in the Indo-Pacific has dominated recent national debate – with the growing competition between… Read More

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