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16 August 2017.
The new British aircraft carrier’s deployments may be very different from those imagined when she was first commissioned, thanks to a more complex and contested security environment.
14 August 2017.
How has North Korea managed to make such astounding progress with its long-range missile programme over the last two years? Here, Michael Elleman shares the first solid evidence that North Korea has acquired a high-performance liquid-propellant engine from illicit networks in Russia and Ukraine.
09 August 2017.
The arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth may prompt a significant change in the US–UK strategic relationship. Nick Childs considers the implications for leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.
08 August 2017.
The July election in Venezuela was marked by violent clashes and casualties. Amid the current climate of political turmoil, support from the armed forces is crucial to President Maduro’s political survival, says Amanda Lapo.
04 August 2017.
The US Navy’s request for information from industry for a new guided-missile frigate underscores a further evolution of its thinking away from the original, much-criticised Littoral Combat Ship programme.
24 July 2017.
There is an exclusive club of five maritime nations currently operating surface combatants that displace over 9,750 tonnes – or what in The Military Balance classifies as ‘cruisers’. Missile defence and the ability to fire larger cruise missiles require bigger radars and cooling systems as well as more missile-launcher space, which all contribute to driving up the size of the vessel.
20 July 2017.
Brigadier (Retired) Ben Barry OBE, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
Chaired by Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS
Arundel House, London
18 July 2017.
A new draft bill in Sweden to introduce a ‘democracy criterion’ for granting arms-export licences would make the export of any materiel to the Gulf states more difficult and limit market access for Sweden’s defence industry.
17 July 2017.
It’s a key hub for US and other Western regional air operations and a growing prospect for defence sales, but, as James Hackett explains, it also has a central role to play in improving regional military capabilities. Chief among these is the development of collective missile-defence architectures that could more effectively guard against a potential threat from Iran’s ballistic missile arsenal.
14 July 2017.
While Europe could certainly do with more capabilities and cooperation, a more fundamental change of strategic mindset in Paris and Berlin is required if Europe is to build a more autonomous defence capability. Fabrice Pothier looks beyond recent statements and announcements to examine what their true policy positions are.
In a new paper, the IISS calls for NATO to adopt a 'persistent federated approach’ in the face of unprecedentedly complex security challenges.
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