• Military Balance Blog

    NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence: reassurance and deterrence

    20 February 2017.  A new NATO force lacks the size and power to deter Russian attacks on its own. But it will boost the cohesion and combat-readiness of NATO allies.

  • Military Balance Blog

    A federated way ahead for NATO in an age of complexity

    15 February 2017.  NATO faces a set of security challenges that are unprecedented in their complexity and potentially increasing gravity, argues a new paper written by the IISS ahead of the Alliance’s March Transformation Seminar. Its calls for NATO to adopt a ‘persistent federated approach’ to its commitments and relationships both within the Alliance and among its members, so that it can benefit from the capabilities and expertise of member nations, and deliver...

  • The Military Balance

    The Military Balance 2017

    14 February 2017.  The Military Balance 2017 includes new equipment analysis graphics, a wall chart comparing US forces in Europe in 1989 and 2017 and essays on the changing defence-industrial landscape, special-operations forces, and twenty-first-century challenges to twentieth-century deterrence.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 10: Country comparisons and defence data

    14 February 2017.  Selected training activity 2016
    International comparisons of defence expenditure and military personnel
    Global distribution of main battle tanks, 2016
    Principal surface combatants and patrol ships over 9,500 tonnes full-load displacement
    Select unmanned maritime systems in service, by weight
    Military ISR satellites: operational totals 
    Precision-guided munitions: increasing use by Western forces, 1991–2011 
    Selected non-state armed groups: observed forces and equipment holdings 

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 9: Sub-Saharan Africa

    14 February 2017.  Sub-Saharan Africa: Continental Security Developments; African Standby Force: slow progress; Results of Amani Africa II; Regional developments; African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crisis; AU–UN cooperation; Recent developments; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence economics and procurement

    Eritrea: Defence policy; Armed forces; Defence economics and industry

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 8: Latin America and the Caribbean

    14 February 2017. 

    Latin America and the Caribbean:  Caribbean security challenges; Narcotics trafficking: on the up;  Caribbean security sector adapts;  Mexico;  Chile;  Central America; Defence Economics;  Defence spending;  Procurement 
    Argentina: Service developments; Defence Economics; Defence industry 
    Brazil
    Colombia: Peace agreement, economic crisis and military transformation


  • The Military Balance

    Chapter I, Part III: Twenty-first-century challenges to twentieth-century deterrence

    14 February 2017.  Changing strategic environment

    Development of deterrence theory
    Emerging challenges
    Deterrence planning in the twenty-first century
    Implications

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter I, Part II: Special-operations forces

    14 February 2017. 

    Special operations and special-operations forces
    Missions and capabilities
    SOF limitations
    Employing and building SOF
    Developing future SOF capabilities

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 2: Comparative defence statistics

    14 February 2017.  Defence budgets and expenditure

    Selected European aerospace defence consolidation, 1990–2016
    Key defence statistics
    Battlefield missiles and rockets: Russian and US equipment capabilities
    Attack helicopter operators and fleets, 1997–2016
    Anti-submarine warfare: fixed-wing-aircraft fleets

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter I, Part I: The changing defence-industrial landscape

    14 February 2017.  2016 developments

    US procurement competition
    Sikorsky and the rotary-wing sector
    Industrial landscaping
    European outlook
    Re-emerging and new competitors

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