• The Military Balance

    Editor’s Introduction

    14 February 2017. 

    Amid a sense of surprise and, in many quarters, shock at the result of the US presidential election and the UK’s referendum to leave the EU, there was one constant in 2016 – that the global security environment remained as unremittingly bleak as before.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 4: Europe

    14 February 2017.  Europe: Crises and instability: more of the same; Spending and personnel; New white paper defines Germany’s security and defence agenda; Germany steps up its cyber defence; NATO’s Warsaw Summit; EU defence debate at a turning point; Turkey – fallout from the coup attempt; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence spending and procurement; Defence industry and exports

    Nordic and Baltic Security: Institutional alignment; Finland and Sweden: future directions
    France: Operations; Major military reforms and programmes; Defence Economics; Major exports and industrial landscape
    United Kingdom: Operations and deployments; International activity; Implementation of SDSR 2015; Personnel; UK–EU defence relations after Brexit; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence spending and procurement; UK defence industry and exports

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 7: Middle East and North Africa

    14 February 2017.  Middle East and North Africa: Russia changes the battlefield; The campaign against ISIS; The Iraqi Army; The war in Yemen; Yemen and GCC military cooperation; Regional capabilities increase; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence spending and procurement; Defence industry; Emirates Defence Industries Company

    Saudi Arabia: Defence policy; The armed forces; Defence and security cooperation and coalitions; Operations in Yemen; Defence economics and industry

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 3: North America

    14 February 2017.  United States: Return of great-power competition; Third Offset Strategy; Readiness issues; Modernisation challenges; Army; US Marine Corps; US Air Force; US Navy; US Coast Guard; Defence Economics; FY2017 Defense Budget Request; Budget turmoil continues; Planning for the future

    Canada

  • Events

    Media Launch: The Military Balance 2017

    14 February 2017. 

    Media Launch
    Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 14 February 2017, 9.30–10.30am GMT

  • Military Balance Blog

    Counting to two: analysing the NATO defence-spending target

    14 February 2017.  According to the latest edition of The Military Balance, only two member nations met NATO’s 2% defence-spending target in 2016, with the UK’s commitment notably dipping to 1.98%. Here, Lucie Béraud-Sudreau and Bastian Giegerich caution against setting too much store by the 2% figure when seeking to understand states’ defence capabilities and commitment to the transatlantic alliance.

  • Military Balance Blog

    The Military Balance+ – new IISS database available

    14 February 2017.  Military Balance+ is a new online database that will enable users in government, the armed forces and the private sector, as well as academia and the media, to make faster and better-informed decisions. Harnessing pioneering technology, the Military Balance+ will allow users to customise, view, compare and download data instantly, anywhere, anytime.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 5: Russia and Eurasia

    14 February 2017.  Russia: A post-New Look era; National Guard; Personnel; Training; Syria; Ukraine; The Arctic; The Caucasus; Ground forces; Aerospace forces; Navy; Strategic forces; Defence Economics; Defence spending; State Armament Programme; Defence industry; Arms exports

    Ukraine: Military doctrine; Army structure; Personnel and training; Tactical changes; Inventory changes

  • Military Balance Blog

    China’s very-long-range missile development

    13 February 2017.  Images of a Chinese aircraft fitted with what appears to be a very-long-range air-to-air missile have recently appeared online. Douglas Barrie takes a closer look.

  • Military Balance Blog

    New wall chart: US forces in Europe in 1989 and 2017

    10 February 2017.  Maps, statistics and graphics on our Military Balance wall chart show how the US presence in Europe has changed from the end of the Cold War to the current day.

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