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  • Military Balance Blog

    Dispute in the Gulf: potential defence implications

    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.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Can Franco-German cooperation deliver a new European defence?

    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.

  • Military Balance Blog

    New Franco-German combat-aircraft programme: a reminder of UK’s uncertain position

    14 July 2017.  A new agreement between France and Germany to develop a new combat-aircraft programme will undoubtedly draw the two nations closer in terms of overall defence cooperation. But, as Douglas Barrie observes, the decision has also underlined how the UK’s Brexit vote risks undermining its credibility as a potential partner in future European defence programmes.

  • Events

    The future US forward presence in Europe

    14 July 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr John Deni, Research Professor of National Security Studies, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College
    Chaired by James Hackett, Editor, The Military Balance, Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 14 July, 11am–12pm BST

  • Military Balance Blog

    China’s ramjet progress, but with speed constraints?

    10 July 2017.  China continues to move toward fielding one or more designs of rocket/ramjet-powered air-to-air missiles, with local scientific-press reports of further recent flight tests: but missile speed, rather than the speed of progress, is – for now – a point of uncertainty.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Russian military lift risks atrophy

    06 July 2017.  Since late 2015, Russia has sustained expeditionary operations in Syria by relying on ageing air- and maritime-lift platforms. Unless it can better previous failed efforts to replace both, Moscow risks losing the capacity to carry out a similar operation within the next decade.

  • Military Balance Blog

    UK Type-26 Frigate order: one big step forward, but...

    04 July 2017.  The Type-26 frigate has huge potential to bolster the Royal Navy’s surface combatant capability. However, equally important will be the UK government’s ability to produce a more robust and disciplined naval procurement model.

  • Military Balance Blog

    NASIC 2017 report suggests service entries, missile modifications and new nomenclature

    28 June 2017.  The United States intelligence community’s occasional public assessment of the ballistic- and cruise-missile threat systems continues to provide a valuable glimpse into how the US views their development and proliferation, including a long-range Russian ground-launched cruise missile, with the 2017 report also hinting at a revised and mainly still classified naming system for some countries, now including North Korea.

  • IISS Voices

    New UK carrier sets sail: a sea change for the programme?

    26 June 2017.  The maiden departure of HMS Queen Elizabeth is doubtless a bold statement about the UK’s strategic ambition. But, as Nick Childs explains, the strategic credibility of the investment hangs on whether the UK is truly committed to delivering a full carrier-based power projection capability. 

  • Events

    Harsh Lessons: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War

    02 June 2017. 

    Book Launch
    Brigadier (Retired) Ben Barry OBE, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue
    Peony Room, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
    22 Orange Grove Road, 258350
    Friday 2 June 2017, 3–4pm SGT

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