• Military Balance 2015

    Military Balance 2015

    The Military Balance 2015

    The Military Balance is the IISS annual assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries worldwide. The Military Balance 2015 will be launched on Wednesday 11 February.


    '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


  • Military Balance 2015 Chart: Russia's Armed Froces

    Military Balance 2015 Chart

    Russia's armed forces

    The Military Balance 2015 comes with a new wall chart focusing on ‘Russia’s Armed Forces’, showing the geographical disposition of key units of Army, Navy, Air Force and Strategic Rocket Forces.


  • Military Balance 2015 New Features

    The Military Balance 2015

    New features in the Military Balance 2015

    New features in The Military Balance 2015 include equipment analysis graphics, a wall chart detailing Russia’s armed forces and essays on hybrid warfare, US space systems and directed energy weapons.


  • Military Balance 2015

    Defence Spending

    Global Spending rises for first time since 2010

    Global defence spending was up 1.7% in 2014, the first rise since 2010. However US defence spending has dropped from 47% of the global total in 2010 to around 38% in 2014.

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Military Balance 2015

Middle East and North Africa

The rise of ISIS and its capture of territory in both Syria and Iraq led to further Western military activity, accompanied by some regional states. Libya’s further descent into disorder, and the Assad regime’s maintenance of military superiority in Syria form part of this year’s analysis, with a special focus on UAE defence policy, defence economics and defence industry.

Military Balance 2015

Europe

As NATO reacts to Russia’s activity in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, defence budgets and military capabilities are once again under scrutiny.

Military Balance 2015

Asia

Within Asia, tensions persist over territorial and other issues, and key regional states such as China continue their military modernisation plans.