Peter Layton

Peter Layton
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Dr Peter Layton is a Visiting Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute, an Associate Fellow RUSI (UK) and a Fellow of the Australian Security Leaders Climate Group. A retired RAAF Group Captain, Peter has extensive experience in force structure development and taught national security strategy at the US National Defense University. He has written extensively on defence and security matters, and was awarded the US Exceptional Public Service medal for force structure planning work. In 2006, he won the RUSI Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize for original writing on contemporary issues of defence and international security. He is the author of the book Grand Strategy.

As the world looks elsewhere, China stirs trouble in the South China Sea
As the world looks elsewhere, China stirs trouble in the South China Sea
The Chinese Communist Party-controlled Global Times is already forecasting “more serious collisions”.
Danger Will Robinson: Warfighting robots fast approaching
Danger Will Robinson: Warfighting robots fast approaching
A swarm of angry Australian-made cardboard attack drones sets the scene for all future conflicts.
Chinese grey zone spy balloons over the American heartland
Chinese grey zone spy balloons over the American heartland
High-flying espionage went out of fashion in the 1960s, but the most recent sky crisis has reignited tensions.
Australia’s return to must-win wars
Australia’s return to must-win wars
The future is not the past. Australia needs to reset its strategic thinking and plan to win the wars it fights.
Buying the wrong submarine
Buying the wrong submarine
Being able to sink ships doesn’t end a war. Australia should consider ballistic nuclear missile subs as an alternative.
Answering China’s South China Sea flying safety challenge
Answering China’s South China Sea flying safety challenge
A regional response can best manage risks, and the Five Power Defence Arrangement offers just the mechanism.
A flare up in China’s deliberate pattern of aggression
A flare up in China’s deliberate pattern of aggression
The intercept of an Australian patrol over the South China Sea escalates a “grey zone” conflict to a dangerous level.
Fixing Australia’s failing Pacific Step-up strategy
Fixing Australia’s failing Pacific Step-up strategy
Supporting domestic interest groups in the region will bring success, and should be high on Canberra’s “to do” list.
In Putin’s war, everybody loses
In Putin’s war, everybody loses
The war may freeze in place, but the future peace will not be like the old peace before Russia invaded.
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