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.
The Military Balance 2013 contains region-by-region analysis of the major military and economic developments affecting defence and security policies and the trade in weapons and other military equipment. Comprehensive tables detail major military training activities, UN and non-UN deployments, and give data on key equipment holdings and defence economics, as well as defence-expenditure trends over a ten-year period.
‘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
The Military Balance 2013 was launched on 14 March 2013. Read the press statement and view notable graphics from the book.