• Events

    What Next for Defence Acquisition Reform?

    08 December 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Sir Bernard Gray, Chief of Defence Materiel, United Kingdom 
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 8 December, 5:30pm–6:30pm
    Followed by a drinks reception

  • 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

  • Strategic Comments

    Russia’s naval modernisation will take time

    24 November 2015. 

    In terms of sheer numbers, Russian naval power has diminished considerably since the end of the Cold War. However, following the collapse in Russian defence spending in the 1990s and early 2000s, there have been marked increases in recent years. This has allowed for substantial reinvestment and a revival of naval capability.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Nick Childs: The SDSR and UK Naval Ambition

    19 November 2015.  The results of the latest UK Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) are about to break cover. Given the tumultuous strategic backdrop, they are eagerly awaited not only in the United Kingdom itself, but also among its allies. The political signals so far suggest that, particularly compared to the 2010 review, the new SDSR will have a significant maritime emphasis. After all, the government has already declared its intention to order...

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    The Arms Trade Treaty – Implementation After Entry into Force

    11 November 2015. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2015 Special Session 6
    Chair: Pierre-Arnaud Lotton, Chair, EU Council Working Group on Arms and Exports (COARM), EEAS
    Elli Kytomaki, Associate Fellow, International Security, Chatham House
    Olatokunbo Ige, Director, United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC)
    Noel Stott, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Security Studies

  • Events

    Brazilian Defence in International Perspective

    11 November 2015. 

    Key Address
    Ambassador Celso Amorim
    Former Minister of External Relations;
    Former Minister of Defence, Brazil
    Bloomsbury House, London
    Wednesday 11 November 2015, 6pm-7.15pm

  • Manama Voices

    Nicholas Redman: Russia's staying power

    02 November 2015.  By Nicholas Redman, Senior Fellow for Geopolitical Risk and Economic Security Russia’s ability to sustain its military campaign in Syria over an extended period was questioned persistently at the 2015 IISS Manama Dialogue. Tony Blinken, United States deputy secretary of state, suggested in the opening plenary that Russia would struggle to meet the costs of an extended operation - although he later clarified he was also speaking about political and other costs...

  • Manama Voices

    Douglas Barrie: Recapitalising Iran’s air inventory

    31 October 2015.  Aside from the political shifts that have already come about as a result of the Iran nuclear deal, it will likely lead to the eventual lifting of the arms embargo on offensive conventional weapon systems on the country. As IISS Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, Douglas Barrie, explains, Tehran's ability within the next few years to begin to recapitalise its ageing fleet of combat aircraft will be of particular interest...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: US LRS-B - bomber decision, but design still under wraps

    30 October 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace On 27 October 2015, it was announced that Northrop Grumman (NG) had won the US$80 billion, 100-aircraft contract to build the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) dual-capable Long-range Strike Bomber (LRS-B), which is intended to fulfil both the conventional and nuclear strike roles. The Pentagon's selection of NG provides the company with the assurance of a very high-value, relatively high-volume military-aircraft programme, assuming that the...

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 1: Perspectives

    15 September 2015. 

    Middle East: Progress and Regression
    European Insecurity
    Landmark Events

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