Visiting Fellow Peter Layton

US-China competition is all about us

We are not entering a new Cold War, despite both Chinese President Xi and US Vice-President Pence finding the term a… Read More

Trampling the grass: China-US leadership competition

As the APEC Summit showed, China-US competition will progressively revise the international system. Middle powers and smaller states alike will be continually called upon to… Read More

The Australian Army’s drone air force

The first Military International Drone Racing Tournament was just held in Sydney, featuring competitors from across the world, and the Australian Army team… Read More

A grand strategy Plan A for Australia?

Worry abounds. There are calls for radically new defence policies, a defence Plan B, a doubling of defence spending, … Read More

Realigning the Australian Army

The Australian Army is spending up big, announcing a $5.2bn contract for more than 200 Boxers (armoured reconnaissance vehicles from Rheinmetall, as… Read More

“The tenth man” — War’s changing nature in an AI world

There’s a debate underway about the nature of war. Some say it’s immutable, others say hogwash; ironically both sides quote Clausewitz for support. Read More

Our new model robot armies

Robotic technologies seem set to disrupt warfare in at least two big ways: firstly, in improving productivity making armies equipment-centric; and secondly, in… Read More

To engage China, or balance it? Lessons from a failed grand strategic exercise

How should a great power manage a rival with an authoritarian government, a state-directed capitalist economy, strong mercantilist tendencies and a “leader for life” that… Read More

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