• Military Balance Blog

    Bastian Giegerich: Share guns and sovereignty – armaments cooperation in Europe

    26 August 2016.  Germany's recent defence white paper proposes fundamental changes to European armaments cooperation. Bastian Giegerich analyses the details, and suggests that although there are multiple challenges to implementation, an idea whose time has come can be a powerful thing.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Nick Childs: US carriers – more support from amphibious fleet

    23 August 2016.  The debate over the continuing utility and cost-effectiveness of the US Navy's nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs) is in full flood. Nick Childs suggests that the US should further develop the role of its amphibious assault ships as support aircraft carriers, which would both enhance capabilities and take the pressure off the overworked CVN force.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Kelvin Wong: Reflections on the 2016 Shangri-La Dialogue

    19 August 2016.  Kelvin Wong, of the IISS Southeast Asian Young Leaders' Programme, reflects on the insights provided by senior executives of major international defence companies speaking at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Ramjet revival

    28 July 2016.  With the Swedish Air Force's introduction of Meteor, ramjet propulsion is undergoing something of a revival

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ian Keddie: F-35 achieves most significant milestone to date

    27 July 2016.  As production levels increase, the total number of F-35 aircraft is now greater than its fifth-generation peer, the F-22.

  • Strategic Comments

    Turkey: the attempted coup and its troubling aftermath

    21 July 2016. 

    The military coup attempted in Turkey on 15 July 2016 fizzled out quickly. But President Tayyip Erdogan has accused a political rival, exiled Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, and his followers of engineering the coup without substantiation, and is using it as a pretext to purge the government, judiciary and military. This reaction could lead to sustained domestic instability that would strain Turkey's international relations, exacerbate its democratic deficit and damage its social fabric.

  • Strategic Comments

    European air combat capabilities

    13 July 2016. 

    The United Kingdom electorate's unanticipated vote to leave the European Union risks worrying NATO allies about the UK's reliability as a defence partner at a time when Russian threats appear to be rising. To allay this concern, the British government could expand its customary multinational collaboration with European partners on defence aerospace projects, such as a new crewed combat aircraft.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: UK trumpets defence deals at Farnborough

    12 July 2016.  The British government announced defence deals with the United States worth over US$6 billion on the first day of the 2016 Farnborough International Air Show. The two key projects – for nine P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft and 50 US AH-64E Apache attack helicopters – will be undertaken by Boeing. Douglas Barrie examines how the deals will work.

  • Expert Commentary

    Breaking Defense: Brexit, Russian Threat Shape Farnborough; F-35 Dominates Show

    08 July 2016.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace The Lockheed Martin F-35B advanced short take-off and vertical landing aircraft will make its debut at this year’s Farnborough International Air Show. The last combat aircraft in this class to premiere at Farnborough was the Yakovlev Yak-41 (Yak-141) Freestyle more than 20 years ago. How times have changed. The Freestyle was unarguably a star of what was possibly the largest-ever presence of Russian aircraft at...

  • Events

    Defence Budgeting and National Security: A Conversation with Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James

    13 June 2016. 

    IISS–Americas Policy Makers Series
    The Honorable Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Monday 13 June 2016, 2–3PM EDT

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