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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.
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19 October 2016.
The Russian Navy's sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, has been deployed and is thought to be headed to the eastern Mediterranean. Nick Childs argues that despite the carrier's somewhat limited capabilities, NATO has some long-term questions to answer about how to respond to Moscow's willingness to use its maritime assets more assertively.
12 October 2016.
There is no denying that French industry, supported by government, has celebrated genuine successes on the global arms market in recent years. However, as Lucie Béraud-Sudreau argues, the value of actual deliveries, rather than orders, offers a much clearer sense of defence-market trends.
10 October 2016.
Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
Arundel House, London
Monday 10 October 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST
10 October 2016.
A British Army report into the post-conflict stabilisation of Iraq has just been declassified. Here, the report is published and its author – IISS Senior Fellow for Land Warfare Ben Barry – explains some of its uncomfortable conclusions.
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.
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.
28 July 2016.
With the Swedish Air Force's introduction of Meteor, ramjet propulsion is undergoing something of a revival
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.
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.
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.
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.
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