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Defence and Military Analysis

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The Military Balance 2016: Press Launch

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

  • The Military Balance

    The Military Balance 2016

    09 February 2016.  Trusted military data on 171 countries: size of armed forces, defence budgets, equipment. Updated yearly, the go-to reference from the International Institute for Strategic Studies

  • Events

    The Military Balance 2016: Press Launch

    09 February 2016. 

    Press Launch
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 9 February 2016
    09:00 – 09:30am Informal breakfast reception
    09:30 – 10:30am IISS Director-General and Chief Executive, 
    Dr John Chipman’s remarks and Q&A with the panel

  • Events

    Is the campaign against ISIS succeeding?

    03 February 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Linda Robinson, Senior Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 3 February 2016, 11.00am-12.00pm

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Nicoll: Gray’s anatomy of defence-acquisition rules

    09 December 2015.  Sir Bernard Gray, former Chief of Defence Materiel for the UK, discusses the core rules when purchasing military kit

  • 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 2015

  • Military Balance Blog

    Henry Boyd: UK expands air operations against ISIS

    03 December 2015.  By Henry Boyd, Research Associate for Defence and Military Analysis On 2 December, the House of Commons voted to widen the scope of the United Kingdom’s combat operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). After the parliamentary vote, the first attacks on targets in Syria by manned UK aircraft – on ISIS oil installations – took place in the early hours of 3 December. The UK has previously...

  • Expert Commentary

    Ethics and Armed Forces: Hybrid Attacks Demand Comprehensive Defense

    01 December 2015.  By Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis What is new about hybrid warfare is its immediate relevance to Europe’s security. NATO and the EU are working on strategy papers, as according to Bastian Giegerich it is not only European security interests but the entire Euro-Atlantic security order that is under threat. From the European perspective, Europe is currently experiencing hybrid attacks from two directions. The actors are pursuing very different...

  • 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

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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