The Military Balance is an authoritative assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries. Detailed A–Z entries list each country’s military organisation, personnel numbers, equipment inventories, and relevant economic and demographic data.
Regional and select country analyses cover the major developments affecting defence policy and procurement, and defence economics. The opening graphics section displays notable defence statistics, while additional data sets detail selected arms orders and military exercises, as well as comparative defence expenditure and personnel numbers. The Military Balance is an indispensable handbook for anyone conducting serious analysis of security policy and military affairs.
New Features in The Military Balance 2016:
- Complementing analysis of regional military dynamics, such as the wars in the Middle East in Syria, Yemen and against ISIS, the book carries detailed analysis on defence matters in the US, China, Russia, France and the UK and also this year on Poland, Australia, South Africa and Mexico.
- New thematic analytical texts on armoured fighting vehicles, China’s ballistic missiles and deterrence in cyberspace.
- A new Military Balance Wall Chart, with a focus on Gulf region missile defence.
- New technical equipment-focused graphics, including on Europe’s Meteor air-to-air missile, Russia’s T-14 Armata main battle tank and China’s new Type-052D destroyer.
- Updated graphics feature on comparative defence statistics, with a focus on defence economics, defence industry and major land, sea and air capabilities.
- Updated summaries of national military capability.
- Updated selected non-state armed group ‘observed equipment’, including Hizbullah, separatist forces in eastern Ukraine and the ISIS, among others.
- An updated table of military training exercises, arranged by region.
- Updated entries on select national cyber capabilities.
- New maps and tables, including military dispositions in Crimea from 2014–15, NATO’s developing activities in Eastern Europe, and operational deployments in the Middle East by regional and extra-regional powers.
‘Amid continuing conflict and broadening insecurity, The Military Balance provides essential facts and analysis for decision-makers and for better informed public debate.’ Dr Robert M. Gates, former US Secretary of Defense and Director of Central Intelligence
‘Because military affairs are inevitably clouded in fog, the IISS Military Balance is an essential companion for those who seek to understand.’ Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, former UK Defence Secretary and Secretary-General of NATO
The Military Balance 2016 was launched on Tuesday 9 February 2016.