• Strategic Comments

    UK aircraft carrier: projecting military power

    12 August 2014. 

    The July launch of the UK's biggest-ever warship was an important step forward for its aircraft-carrier programme. But questions remain about whether one or two ships will enter service, and about the aircraft that will be on board.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie & Henry Boyd: Russian cruise missile goes off-range

    21 July 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior for Fellow for Military Aerospace, and Henry Boyd, Research Associate for Defence and Military Analysis Recent imagery released as part of official coverage of Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu’s visit to the 26th Missile Brigade at Luga (around 135km south of St Petersburg) shows an Iskander (SS-26 Stone). The transporter-erector-launcher is seen with a launch container for a cruise missile, most likely from the Novator Design Bureau...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Joseph Dempsey: Pro-Russian separatist access to medium-range surface-to-air missiles

    18 July 2014.  By Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online On 18 July 2014, in a White House statement on the crash in eastern Ukraine of Malaysian airlines flight MH17, US President Barack Obama stated what many already suspected. He said that the evidence indicated the aircraft was shot down by a surface-to-air missile launched from territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside Ukraine. Obama did not comment on the question of intent, rightly...

  • Events

    IISS-US Adelphi Book Launch: Beyond Air-Sea Battle

    17 July 2014. 

    IISS-US Adelphi Book Launch
    Aaron Friedberg
    Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
    Discussant: Elbridge Colby
    Robert M. Gates Fellow, Center for New American Security
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Thursday 17 July 2014

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie and Joseph Dempsey: The limitations of Iraqi air power

    02 July 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace and Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online If the last few weeks have brutally exposed shortcomings within the Iraqi Army and security forces, the limitations of its nascent air force in dealing with Islamic State of Syria and al-Sham (ISIS) insurgents have been known for considerably longer. Combat operations against ISIS in 2013 resulted in the death and injury of a number...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Joseph Dempsey: Iraqi's latest Su-25s come from Iran

    02 July 2014.  By Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online Following on from an initial delivery of Su-25 Frogfoot ground attack aircraft from Russia, the Iraqi Ministry of Defence announced a further delivery had been received on 1 July 2014. Although the source of this latest delivery of Su-25s has not been officially commented upon, it is the conclusion of IISS analysts that these latest examples originate from neighbouring Iran. Iran has recently pledged...

  • Events

    Is there an Arms Race in Asia?

    26 June 2014. 

    IISS-US Discussion Meeting
    Christian Le Mière
    Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS
    Douglas Paal
    Vice President for Studies and Director of the Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Thursday 26 June 2014

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: Rise of the machines? The increasing role of Unmanned Ground Systems in land operations

    10 June 2014.  In recent years, the use of unmanned ground systems (UGVs) in land operations has not garnered the same media attention given to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), despite the increasing sophistication of the technology and their proliferation in both military and civilian spheres. At an IISS discussion meeting in May, Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, redressed this by examining the current situation with these systems and by positing future...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Sanctions and space flight

    02 June 2014.  At around 20:00 GMT on Wednesday, 28 May, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver three crewmen – a Russian, a German and an American – to the International Space Station (ISS). About 24 hours later, US company SpaceX unveiled the manned version of its commercial Dragon spacecraft, designed to ferry astronauts to the ISS and its planned successors. The unmanned version of Dragon has...

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Douglas Barrie: Beijing and Moscow move toward further Flanker deal

    01 June 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace  Russia and China have deepened relations of late. A multi-year, multi-billion dollar natural gas deal and notional collaboration on a wide-body commercial aircraft were amongst agreements signalled during last month's meeting between President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. However, the pending purchase of the Sukhoi Su-35S multi-role fighter may take until the fourth quarter of this year to conclude. A...

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