Visiting Fellow Peter Layton

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

Other peoples’ air power: Air power with Chinese characteristics

Peter Layton’s series on other peoples’ air power has included an examination of Islamic State’s use of unmanned aircraft and the employment of air power in… Read More

How should Australia defend itself against a rising China?

The rise of China is the big international relations issue of our time. Unsurprisingly then, various solutions have been suggested to the strategic concerns China… Read More