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    Chinese Air Power: Revolution or Evolution?

    23 April 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, IISS 
    Henry Boyd, Research Associate for Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 23 April 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Adelphi Books

    Beyond Air–Sea Battle: The Debate Over US Military Strategy in Asia

    14 April 2014.  After a decade spent emphasising counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations, finding a credible response to China’s anti-access/area-denial capabilities is now the central task confronting US military planners.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: US carrier-strike-group ambitions – a UK contribution

    28 March 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace If UK Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond had required any reminding as to the level of American interest regarding British procurement ambitions during his visit to the US in the last week of March, he need have looked no further than the Pentagon’s 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), released earlier in the month. The QDR outlined what it termed ‘strategically complementary approaches’...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Infographic: Russia's Southern Military District

    20 March 2014.  Analysts in the IISS Defence and Military Analysis Programme have produced a map of Russia’s Southern Military District army and air force bases and force dispositions

  • Military Balance Blog

    James Hackett: Crisis in Ukraine - military dimensions

    05 March 2014.  By James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis Ukraine’s armed forces As noted in the latest IISS Military Balance, Ukraine’s armed forces continue to operate mainly Soviet-era equipment, which is in need of upgrade or replacement. Defence spending, however, has remained stubbornly low, consistently around 1% of GDP in recent years; as a result, the services have suffered from inadequate financing and defence reforms have been significantly...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ukraine: Main land and air force dispositions

    05 March 2014.  *Click to enlarge. Numbers accompanying symbols indicate unit designations. Analysts in the IISS Defence and Military Analysis Programme have produced a map of Ukraine’s army and air force bases and force dispositions, following the tensions between Russia and Ukraine and the developing crisis in Crimea. Naval and maritime assets are excluded from the map. This shows forces by size and role indicator and generalised peacetime locations; any movement of units in response...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Military Balance Recap: Defence spending - when will China match US?

    19 February 2014.  Giri Rajendran, IISS Research Associate for Defence and Economics, talks about global military spending trends and their implications at the launch of The Military Balance 2014 on 5 February. ‘To some extent, it’s futurology,’ he says. China has been increasing its military spending but it is still a long way off from what the US spends, and for China to achieve parity it must maintain its current growth rates – about...

  • Strategic Comments

    Step forward for Franco-British defence cooperation

    14 February 2014. 

    A recent Franco-British summit marked a significant step forward for what is one of the most important efforts among European governments to work together to obtain better value from shrinking defence budgets.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Russian strategic aviation

    13 February 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Russian tactical aviation is benefitting from the delivery of now reasonable numbers of combat aircraft, but its strategic air arm, by comparison, still has to make do with a trickle of upgraded bombers and an ageing type at the heart of its fleet. While the air force is receiving new-build variants of the Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker in the shape of the Su-35 fighter and...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Anglo-French defence collaboration - aerospace progress

    07 February 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace London and Paris took another step toward the launch of a European unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator at last week's Franco-British Summit. The fate of the project could have a fundamental impact on the prospects for, and shape of, the European defence aerospace sector. On 31 January, French President François Hollande met British Prime Minister David Cameron at RAF Brize Norton air base...

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