• The Military Balance

    Chapter 1, Part 1: 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

  • Strategic Comments

    France’s nuclear conservatism

    25 February 2015. 

    Those who were hoping that French President François Hollande would use a recent speech to break with France's nuclear traditions will have been disappointed. With a majority of the population supporting its retention, Hollande outlined a realistic and sober vision for France's nuclear deterrent.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ben Barry: Analysing the conflict in eastern Ukraine

    25 February 2015.  By Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare As the crisis in Ukraine has unfolded it has become increasingly apparent that there is a military disparity between the Ukrainian forces and the Russian forces assisting the pro-Russia separatists. According to Ben Barry, this incongruence is due to a combination of factors including corruption, modernisation, and defence expenditure. Ukraine’s defence expenditure, compared to Russia’s, has been at a consistently low level. This...

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 9: Sub-Saharan Africa

    19 February 2015.  The Ebola crisis; Defence economics;
    Kenya: Defence economics
    The Somali National Army: structural and operational developments; Operations and tactics; International training support

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: The three percent solution

    19 February 2015.  Last April, when the RAF deployed four Typhoon aircraft to Lithuania in response to events in Ukraine, a popular British satirical TV show commented: ‘Four? The entire air force? Are they mad?’ Defence cuts haven’t got that bad, but are still a cause for concern. As The Military Balance 2015 – launched last week – points out, ‘the target of an 8% real reduction in defence spending triggered by the...

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 8: Latin America

    18 February 2015.  Combating organised crime; Central America; Merging police with military capabilities and responses; Equipment acquisitions and plans; Regional defence economics
    Brazil: Internal security priorities; Decision reached on FX-2
    Colombia: Defence-policy drivers; Armed forces; Defence economics

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 7: Middle East

    18 February 2015.  The Syrian war; ISIS: tactics, emergence and advance
    Libya: continuing instability: Defence economics
    Israel: changing security dynamics: Another war in Gaza
    United Arab Emirates: Defence-policy developments; Platforms and forces; International defence cooperation; Defence economics

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Russian armed forces' equipment recapitalisation programme progress

    17 February 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Russia is in the midst of a defence modernisation programme covering all services – land, sea, air and strategic systems. This is by no means the first effort Russia has made to recapitalise across the service domains. However, in the past few years progress has been significantly better than in previous efforts and the current State Armaments Programme has seen much more success...

  • Strategic Comments

    Japan’s defence budget bolsters altered military roles

    17 February 2015. 

    Japan's rising defence spending is part of an effort by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to carve out a greater regional security role for his country, commensurate with its status as the world's third-largest economy.

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