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Defence and Military Analysis

As military concepts and technologies adjust to changing security threats, this IISS research programme is on top of the latest in global strategy, capabilities and expenditure.

Event

The Military Balance 2016: Press Launch

The IISS launched The Military Balance 2016 on Tuesday 9 February 2016. IISS Director-General and CEO Dr John Chipman introduced the book, followed by a Q&A with experts from the IISS Defence and Military Analysis Programme.

  • Events

    Beyond the Iraq Inquiry: fresh perspectives on Britain’s difficult war

    10 October 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 10 October 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Military Balance Blog

    Bastian Giegerich: Share guns and sovereignty – armaments cooperation in Europe

    26 August 2016.  Germany's recent defence white paper proposes fundamental changes to European armaments cooperation. Bastian Giegerich analyses the details, and suggests that although there are multiple challenges to implementation, an idea whose time has come can be a powerful thing.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Nick Childs: US carriers – more support from amphibious fleet

    23 August 2016.  The debate over the continuing utility and cost-effectiveness of the US Navy's nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs) is in full flood. Nick Childs suggests that the US should further develop the role of its amphibious assault ships as support aircraft carriers, which would both enhance capabilities and take the pressure off the overworked CVN force.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Ramjet revival

    28 July 2016.  With the Swedish Air Force's introduction of Meteor, ramjet propulsion is undergoing something of a revival

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ian Keddie: F-35 achieves most significant milestone to date

    27 July 2016.  As production levels increase, the total number of F-35 aircraft is now greater than its fifth-generation peer, the F-22.

  • Strategic Comments

    European air combat capabilities

    13 July 2016. 

    The United Kingdom electorate's unanticipated vote to leave the European Union risks worrying NATO allies about the UK's reliability as a defence partner at a time when Russian threats appear to be rising. To allay this concern, the British government could expand its customary multinational collaboration with European partners on defence aerospace projects, such as a new crewed combat aircraft.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: UK trumpets defence deals at Farnborough

    12 July 2016.  The British government announced defence deals with the United States worth over US$6 billion on the first day of the 2016 Farnborough International Air Show. The two key projects – for nine P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft and 50 US AH-64E Apache attack helicopters – will be undertaken by Boeing. Douglas Barrie examines how the deals will work.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Ben Barry: Women in combat

    11 July 2016.  Last week the British Army announced that it would remove all remaining restrictions on the participation of women in ground combat. This follows the 2013 announcement of then-US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that US forces would in principle lift all restrictions on the employment of women in ground combat units. The US Army, Marine Corps and Special Operations Command (SOCOM) would have to make a special case for continuing to...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Adrian Philip Kendry: NATO defence spending and the Warsaw Summit – will Brexit have an effect?

    08 July 2016.  Uncertainty arising from the Brexit vote casts a shadow over the 8–9 July NATO Summit in Warsaw. Not only does it threaten to affect UK defence spending beyond 2016, but it also has the capacity to imperil the fragile recovery in NATO European defence spending, writes Adrian Philip Kendry.

  • Expert Commentary

    Breaking Defense: Brexit, Russian Threat Shape Farnborough; F-35 Dominates Show

    08 July 2016.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace The Lockheed Martin F-35B advanced short take-off and vertical landing aircraft will make its debut at this year’s Farnborough International Air Show. The last combat aircraft in this class to premiere at Farnborough was the Yakovlev Yak-41 (Yak-141) Freestyle more than 20 years ago. How times have changed. The Freestyle was unarguably a star of what was possibly the largest-ever presence of Russian aircraft at...

European air combat capabilities

The UK's vote to leave the EU risks worrying NATO allies about its reliability as a defence partner. To allay this concern, the UK could expand its collaboration with Europe on aerospace projects.