• 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

  • Events

    The Future Operating Environment 2035

    09 March 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Rear Admiral John Kingwell, Royal Navy; Director, UK Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, Ministry of Defence
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 9 March 2016, 12-1pm GMT

  • Events

    The Military Balance 2016: US Launch

    01 March 2016. 

    IISS–Americas Book Launch
    Dr Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance and Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Berry, OBE, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, IISS
    Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS
    Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics, IISS
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Tuesday 1 March 2016, 10-11am EST

  • Events

    The Military Balance 2016: Key Findings and Interactive Discussion

    23 February 2016. 

    Webinar
    James Hackett, Editor, The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Dr Bastian Giegerich, Director, Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Tuesday 23 February 2016, 3pm GMT

  • Military Balance Blog

    Joseph Dempsey: China's increasing inroads into the African defence market

    17 February 2016.  By Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online The Military Balance 2016 features a colour graphic showing China’s continued inroads into the African defence market, based on observed military equipment now in African inventories. Currently, more than two-thirds of the countries on the continent operate equipment of Chinese origin, with at least ten new operators emerging within the last decade. In addition, the types of equipment now being imported are...

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 2: Comparative defence statistics

    09 February 2016.  Defence budgets and expenditure
    China’s defence exports to Africa: observed new deliveries by type, 2005–15
    Key defence statistics
    Western Europe: the dramatic decline in combat battalion numbers, 1990–2015
    Tactical combat aircraft: Russia’s planned and projected fleet in 2020
    Numbers of naval platforms capable of firing land-attack cruise missiles: 1989–2015

  • The Military Balance

    The Military Balance 2016

    09 February 2016.  The Military Balance 2016 includes new equipment analysis graphics, a wall chart detailing Gulf region missile defence and essays on armoured vehicles, Chinese ballistic missiles and cyber deterrence.

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