Visiting Fellow Peter Layton

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

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

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

Prototype warfare in the fourth industrial age

A new industrial process is rapidly emerging.  This fourth industrial revolution (4IR) based on hyper-connectivity brings with it both continual – indeed relentless… Read More

Singapore’s careful F-35 fighter aircraft purchase

Singapore has finally decided to acquire four F-35 aircraft with options for eight more, initially for evaluation purposes. The purchase appears… Read More

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