Defence and Military Analysis

Defence and Military Analysis

Changing threats to global security are forcing constant reassessment of military concepts, structures and technologies. The IISS Defence and Military Analysis Programme (DMAP) examines trends in strategies, capabilities and defence expenditure.


Key Defence and Security Issues for the UK

A panel of former senior UK defence officials analyses the key defence and security issues facing the UK and their implications for the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

  • Events

    What Next for Defence Acquisition Reform?

    08 December 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Sir Bernard Gray, Chief of Defence Materiel, United Kingdom 
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 8 December, 5:30pm–6:30pm
    Followed by a drinks reception

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie, Joseph Dempsey and Mark Cazalet: Russia Pursues Cruise Control in Syria

    24 November 2015.  Kh-101 low-observable cruise missile deployed from Tu-160 Blackjack (Russian MoD) By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace; Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online; and Mark Cazalet, Research Assistant, Defence and Military Analysis For the first time during combat operations in Syria, Russia has used two types of air-launched cruise missile; the Kh-101 long-range low-observable cruise missile and the Kh-555 (AS-22). Both weapons are designed and manufactured by Raduga, the Dubna-based...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Nick Childs: The SDSR and UK Naval Ambition

    19 November 2015.  The results of the latest UK Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) are about to break cover. Given the tumultuous strategic backdrop, they are eagerly awaited not only in the United Kingdom itself, but also among its allies. The political signals so far suggest that, particularly compared to the 2010 review, the new SDSR will have a significant maritime emphasis. After all, the government has already declared its intention to order...

  • Expert Commentary

    BBC: RAF 'would make a difference' in Syria

    18 November 2015.  General Sir David Richards speaks to the BBC Radio 4's Today programme about the potential for RAF involvement in Syria

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Fostering Cooperation and Non-Weaponisation in Space

    12 November 2015. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2015 Special Session 11
    Chair: Jana Robinson, Space Security Program Director, Prague Security Studies Institute
    Xavier Pasco, Senior Research Fellow, FRS
    Bharath Gopalaswamy,  Director, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council
    Guoyu Wang, Academy Senior Fellow, International Security, Chatham House; Director, Institute of Space Law, Beijing Institute of Technology

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    How to Regulate Autonomous Weapon Systems

    11 November 2015. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2015 Special Session 10
    Chair: Beth Stevenson, Aerospace and Defence reporter, Flightglobal
    Noel Sharkey, Emeritus Professor, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, University of Sheffield
    Nicholas Marsh, Research Fellow, Peace Research Institute Oslo
    Rebecca Crootof, Doctoral Candidate, Yale Law School

  • Manama Voices

    Nicholas Redman: Russia's staying power

    02 November 2015.  By Nicholas Redman, Senior Fellow for Geopolitical Risk and Economic Security Russia’s ability to sustain its military campaign in Syria over an extended period was questioned persistently at the 2015 IISS Manama Dialogue. Tony Blinken, United States deputy secretary of state, suggested in the opening plenary that Russia would struggle to meet the costs of an extended operation - although he later clarified he was also speaking about political and other costs...

  • Manama Voices

    Douglas Barrie: Will Iran Grumble when it comes to SAMs?

    02 November 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Russian defence-industry officials last week suggested that work is underway once again on an initiative to provide a medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to Tehran. Yet to become public, however, is just which system, and the version thereof, Moscow will provide the Iranian military. The question is more than simply a matter of designations: the detection, acquisition and engagement ranges of the candidate SAM...

  • Manama Voices

    Ben Barry: ISIS and the battle of ideas

    01 November 2015.  Although the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS, also known as Da'esh) has lost around 30% of the territory it once held in Iraq, it has retained control over its own narrative through impressive PR campaigns and skilled use of social media. Senior Fellow for Land Warfare Ben Barry highlights how much more there is to be done by the Iraqi government and the international community to contest this...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: US LRS-B - bomber decision, but design still under wraps

    30 October 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace On 27 October 2015, it was announced that Northrop Grumman (NG) had won the US$80 billion, 100-aircraft contract to build the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) dual-capable Long-range Strike Bomber (LRS-B), which is intended to fulfil both the conventional and nuclear strike roles. The Pentagon's selection of NG provides the company with the assurance of a very high-value, relatively high-volume military-aircraft programme, assuming that the...

The Military Balance 2015

The Military Balance is the authoritative assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries.

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