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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.

UK General Election 2015

Defence Issues for the New UK Government

Meeting the security challenges of increased global instability maintaining military credibility and playing a leading role in NATO require hard choices to be made by the new UK government. 

  • Events

    Press Launch - Strategic Survey 2015

    15 September 2015. 

    Press Launch
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 15 September 2015

  • IISS Voices

    Maxime Humeau: Simple narratives fall short in Syria and Iraq

    28 July 2015.  To devise a coherent strategy to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the West needs to face up to the true complexity of the shifting alliances in the region

  • IISS Voices

    Defining a 'full-spectrum' counter-terrorism strategy

    22 July 2015.  Guest post by Alia Brahimi, Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University and IISS Armed Conflict Survery contributor, and Chris Mackmurdo, Director, Contest Global On 9 July the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) took the extraordinary step of urging all British nationals, including roughly 3,000 tourists, to leave Tunisia. This tightened travel advice followed the Sousse attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) that left 38 people dead, including 30 British holidaymakers...

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: 'The most important defence review for a generation'

    20 July 2015.  IISS Panel argues this SDSR most important for a generation; UK must shape national and wider public opinion on security agenda

  • Events

    Sea Change: New Maritime Horizons in a Changing World

    20 July 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 20 July 2015, 6:30-8:00pm

  • Events

    Key Defence and Security Issues for the UK

    16 July 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Liam Fox 
    MP for North Somerset; UK Defence Secretary 2010–2011 
    General the Lord David Richards of Herstmonceux
    Senior Advisor, IISS; UK Chief of Defence Staff 2011–2014
    Lord Robertson of Port Ellen
    NATO Secretary General, 1999–2004; UK Defence Secretary, 1997–1999
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 16 July 2015, 5:30-6:30pm

  • Military Balance Blog

    Giri Rajendran: The UK - meeting the 2% NATO target

    08 July 2015.  By Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics In his Summer Budget, announced earlier today, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, committed to protecting UK defence spending over the course of the next parliament – pledging that the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) budget would rise by 0.5% above inflation each year until FY2020/21. This means that, for the rest of the decade, the UK will likely continue to meet the...

  • Expert Commentary

    Security Times: Global defense trends and the military balance in 2015

    07 July 2015.  By Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis and James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis Defense strategists and policymakers continue to grapple with the challenges posed by an increasingly dangerous security environment. Multiple complex security crisis are testing the scope and sustainability of military capabilities. These capabilities are increasingly technologically advanced. They are also growing in destructive power, and are proliferating. In defense spending terms...

  • Events

    Two Unforeseen Wars: A Military Analysis of the Conflict in Ukraine and the Campaign against ISIS

    07 July 2015. 

    IISS-US Lecture Series
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry
    Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Tuesday 7 July 2015, 2-3pm EDT, 7-8pm BST

  • IISS Voices

    Workshop Report: Perspectives on Hybrid Warfare

    01 July 2015. 

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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