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

Media attended the press launch of The Military Balance 2017, the Institute’s authoritative annual assessment of global military capabilities and defence economics, on 14 February. The IISS simultaneously launched Military Balance+, an online, interactive product that allows us to hold and display more defence data, and enables our subscribers to search and access it in new ways, delivering faster results.

IISS Director-General and Chief Executive Dr John Chipman presented the research findings contained in this new volume, and there was a question-and-answer session with a panel of IISS experts.

The Military Balance 2017 contains region-by-region analysis of the major military and economic developments affecting defence and security policies, and the trade in weapons and other military equipment. Comprehensive tables detail arms orders and deliveries, major training activities and international comparisons of defence expenditure and military personnel. This year’s book contains analysis of challenges to European defence, detail on the US military presence in Europe and assessments of Russian military modernisation, among many other themes. It traces the continued evolution of defence spending and military capabilities in the Asia-Pacific, as well as the global spread of advanced weapons.


The launch took place in the Lee Kuan Yew Conference Room, Arundel House, 13–15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX*.

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