The annual assessment of global military capabilities and defence economics.
The Military Balance is the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ annual assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries world-wide. It is an essential resource for those involved in security policymaking, analysis and research.
Detailed entries describe the military capabilities of 171 countries, displaying key equipment inventories and defence economics. Comprehensive tables detail arms orders and deliveries, major training activities and international comparisons of defence expenditure and military personnel.
'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 is the unique and vital resource on which informed public debate of the world's armed forces is founded. Up-to-date figures and information on defence budgets, procurement totals, equipment holdings, and military deployments are presented clearly and succinctly. In the area of defense information, where nationally produced fictions often masquerade as facts, The Military Balance is the internationally recognized source of record.'
William S. Cohen, former US Secretary of Defense