Visiting Fellow Peter Layton

Limiting China’s future strategic predominance

Mr Peter Varghese AO, recently retired Department of Foreign Affairs head, has laid out his vision of a possible new regional order.  The order… Read More

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions are not unstoppable

North Korea has the initiative. It is flying rockets over Japan, it claims to have mounted a hydrogen bomb on to an inter-continental ballistic… Read More

Fifth-generation warfare: An evolving technical dimension of war

For the Australian Defence Force’s Army, Navy and Air Force Chiefs, the future is ‘fifth generation.’ That being so, I recently wrote a paper on fifth generation… Read More

Five fifth-generation warfare dilemmas

The future of the ADF is ‘fifth generation’, or at least the Chiefs of Army, … Read More

How to complicate North Korea’s nuclear weapons plans

North Korea has the strategic initiative. Its plan to build a nuclear armed, long-range missile force is nearing completion. Other countries can do little –… Read More

Fifth generation air warfare

Fifth-generation air warfare is a beguiling concept. It offers the promise of making the use of air power in future wars significantly more effective and… Read More

Australia’s defence strategy: Evaluating alternatives for a contested Asia

Many books on Australian defence simply repeat old beliefs. This valuable new work does not, instead breaking new ground in proposing a new strategic approach,… Read More

The battle for Southeast Asia’s soul

Media headlines are stolen by talk of China’s island building in the South China Sea and whether Australia should join in Freedom of Navigation operations… Read More

Trapped in a long war

Australia has been part of America’s long war against terrorism since the war began in 2001. In the first stage (2001–02), al-Qaeda in Afghanistan was… Read More

Advancing China’s South China Sea dominance

In a recent PLA Navy (PLAN) journal article, South Sea Fleet officers declared that China has achieved military supremacy in the South China Sea. This… Read More