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    Iran’s missile balancing act

    01 March 2017.  Tehran’s January ballistic-missile test has provoked considerable comment, but other recent weapon developments are also noteworthy, notes Douglas Barrie.

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    2017: year of the aircraft carrier

    27 February 2017.  2017 will see major milestones reached in a number of aircraft-carrier programmes around the world. These will have significant implications for both carrier and general naval power developments in the coming years.

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    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...

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    China's aircraft and missile developments - implications for the F-35

    24 February 2017.    At the launch of The Military Balance 2017, Douglas Barrie, IISS Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, talks about the significance of China’s aircraft and air-to-air missile developments. 'The pace and the introduction is almost unheralded,' he says. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force is developing a capable palette of air-to-air weapons that could make the air environment more difficult for the F-35 and supporting aircraft. Watch the full launch. The Military Balance 2017 features analysis...

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    New features of The Military Balance 2017

    09 February 2017.  The Military Balance is The International Institute for Strategic Studies' annual assessment of global military capabilities and defence economics, and is available in both print and electronic format. It is also now available as a database – the Military Balance+, which allows users to customise, view, compare and download data instantly, anywhere, anytime. The Military Balance is an essential resource for those involved in security policymaking, and an indispensable handbook...

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