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A federated way ahead for NATO in an age of complexity

In a new paper, the IISS calls for NATO to adopt a 'persistent federated approach’ in the face of unprecedentedly complex security challenges. Such an approach would allow it to benefit from the capabilities and expertise of member nations, and deliver on its tasks and ambitions more effectively.

The Military Balance 2017

The Military Balance is the annual IISS assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries.

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US carriers – more support from amphibious fleet

The debate over the US Navy's nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs) is in full flood. Nick Childs suggests that the US should further develop its amphibious assault ships as support carriers.