• The Military Balance

    Chapter 1, Part I: Directed energy weapons: finally coming of age?

    02 December 2015.  Laser weapons
    US naval laser research
    Other defence-related laser research
    Radio-frequency weapons
    Challenges to and ramifications of RF weapon use

  • Events

    Key Defence and Security Issues for the UK

    16 July 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Liam Fox 
    MP for North Somerset; UK Defence Secretary 2010–2011 
    General Lord David Richards of Herstmonceux
    Senior Advisor, IISS; UK Chief of Defence Staff 2011–2014
    Lord Robertson of Port Ellen
    NATO Secretary General, 1999–2004; UK Defence Secretary, 1997–1999
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 16 July 2015, 5:30-6:30pm

  • Expert Commentary

    Security Times: Global defense trends and the military balance in 2015

    07 July 2015.  By Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis and James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis Defense strategists and policymakers continue to grapple with the challenges posed by an increasingly dangerous security environment. Multiple complex security crisis are testing the scope and sustainability of military capabilities. These capabilities are increasingly technologically advanced. They are also growing in destructive power, and are proliferating. In defense spending terms...

  • Strategic Comments

    Russian air patrols: long-range ambitions

    25 June 2015. 

    For the Russian air force, long-range bomber missions are an opportunity to improve crew performance through the planning associated with such long sorties, regular air-to-air refuelling and increased training. For NATO members, the missions serve as a reminder that the Russian air force still retains an extended-range strike capability that the Alliance must factor into its collective air defence needs.

  • Strategic Comments

    UK defence review: a test of strategic ambitions

    23 June 2015. 

    In conducting a new defence review, Britain’s Conservative government will need to determine its level of strategic ambition, and to set commensurate budget goals for the next five years. Reductions in capabilities since the last review in 2010 have diminished the UK’s military strength considerably.

  • Expert Commentary

    On Track: When the cupboard is Bear - Nato European defence responses to Russia

    17 June 2015.  By Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics and Henry Boyd, Research Associate for Defence and Military Analysis Russia’s actions in the Ukraine have forced NATO European policy makers to grapple with their most serious collective security challenge since the end of the Cold War; at the same time as financial crisis driven fiscal consolidation on a near-continental scale continues to exert significant downward pressure on the region’s defence spending. ...

  • Expert Commentary

    Breaking Defense: European Air Power - A Grizzly Outlook

    12 June 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Recent events in Iraq, Libya, Russia, Syria and Yemen have sharpened the fundamental questions European nations face as they consider medium- and long-term force structure and equipment needs. In the short term, the focus for much of Europe‚Äôs defense aerospace sector is on understanding fully the cause of the crash of an Airbus A400M, that lead to the death of four of the six...

  • Strategic Comments

    European defence spending rises, but well short of NATO target

    20 May 2015. 

    Although NATO’s European member countries have begun to increase defence spending, there is a $100bn deficit between aspirations and actual spending levels. In the context of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, states are seeking to heighten military readiness.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Joseph Dempsey: Enter Armata - Russian armoured fighting vehicle modernisation

    06 May 2015.  By Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online  Russia’s Victory Day parade on 9 May 2015 will include the much-anticipated appearance of three new armoured vehicle platforms. Images of the previously unseen heavy tracked ‘Armata’, the lighter tracked ‘Kurganets-25’ and the wheeled ‘Bumerang’ platforms have emerged amid parade preparations, though turrets and weapons stations have been kept literally under wraps until now, the week of the parade. Their debut comes...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tom Waldwyn: Renewing Trident

    05 May 2015.  Facts concerning the future of the UK’s submarine-based nuclear capability

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