• 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

  • Military Balance Blog

    Giri Rajendran: Crunching the numbers on MENA defence spending

    24 August 2015.  By Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics Defence spending in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is among the world’s highest when measured as a proportion of GDP. Using that measure, The Military Balance 2015 notes, MENA states account for eight of the top 15 global spenders on defence and security for which figures are available. A recent article in The Economist has also highlighted this.  This situation is...

  • Expert Commentary

    Bloomberg: Wargames Might Help Russia Sell Some Tanks

    11 August 2015.  Interview with Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare The Russian and Chinese militaries showed off their strength in competitions last week, along with several other invited nations at the Russian Military Tournament. But according to IISS expert Ben Barry it's not just a political chest thump; Russia might also sell a few more tanks to its close allies too. Watch the interview at Bloomberg News

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tom Waldwyn and Douglas Barrie: European defence-industrial consolidation and the Nexter–KMW merger

    10 August 2015.  By Tom Waldwyn, Assistant Research Analyst for Maritime Forces and Defence Industry and Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Europe has long struggled to restructure a defence-industrial base that remains predominantly national, with the land-systems sector particularly fragmented. However, on 29 July 2015, Europe’s two main land-systems companies by market share, France’s Nexter and Germany’s Krauss Maffei-Wegmann (KMW), said they had agreed the terms of a merger. On 27 July 2000...

  • 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 the 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

  • Military Balance Blog

    Giri Rajendran: The UK - meeting the 2% NATO target

    08 July 2015.  By Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics In his Summer Budget, announced earlier today, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, committed to protecting UK defence spending over the course of the next parliament – pledging that the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) budget would rise by 0.5% above inflation each year until FY2020/21. This means that, for the rest of the decade, the UK will likely continue to meet the...

  • 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. ...

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