• Military Balance Blog

    NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence: reassurance and deterrence

    20 February 2017.  A new NATO force lacks the size and power to deter Russian attacks on its own. But it will boost the cohesion and combat-readiness of NATO allies.

  • The Military Balance

    The Military Balance 2017

    14 February 2017.  The Military Balance 2017 includes new equipment analysis graphics, a wall chart comparing US forces in Europe in 1989 and 2017 and essays on the changing defence-industrial landscape, special-operations forces, and twenty-first-century challenges to twentieth-century deterrence.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 6: Asia

    14 February 2017.  Asia: Regional military roles; The South China Sea and Washington’s regional role; Southeast Asian states’ defence cooperation; Indian Air Force: fleet-recapitalisation challenges remain; Southeast Asia: capability enhancements; Northeast Asia; THAAD deployment in South Korea; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Asian defence spending; Procurement; Defence industry

    Australia
    China: National-security legislation; Organisational reform; Theatre commands: responsible for war fighting; Armed services: responsible for building the force; Work in progress; PLA training in 2016; PLA Army organisation; People’s Liberation Army Air Force; People’s Liberation Army Navy; Defence Economics; Overhauling defence R&D; Realising the potential of civil–military integration; Diversifying defence-budget sources; China and the Third Offset Strategy
    Japan
    Myanmar’s armed forces: privileges maintained
    Vietnam: New strategy document; Twelfth National Congress; Defence policy and capability; Foreign defence relations; Defence economics

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 7: Middle East and North Africa

    14 February 2017.  Middle East and North Africa: Russia changes the battlefield; The campaign against ISIS; The Iraqi Army; The war in Yemen; Yemen and GCC military cooperation; Regional capabilities increase; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence spending and procurement; Defence industry; Emirates Defence Industries Company

    Saudi Arabia: Defence policy; The armed forces; Defence and security cooperation and coalitions; Operations in Yemen; Defence economics and industry

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 3: North America

    14 February 2017.  United States: Return of great-power competition; Third Offset Strategy; Readiness issues; Modernisation challenges; Army; US Marine Corps; US Air Force; US Navy; US Coast Guard; Defence Economics; FY2017 Defense Budget Request; Budget turmoil continues; Planning for the future

    Canada

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 10: Country comparisons and defence data

    14 February 2017.  Selected training activity 2016
    International comparisons of defence expenditure and military personnel
    Global distribution of main battle tanks, 2016
    Principal surface combatants and patrol ships over 9,500 tonnes full-load displacement
    Select unmanned maritime systems in service, by weight
    Military ISR satellites: operational totals 
    Precision-guided munitions: increasing use by Western forces, 1991–2011 
    Selected non-state armed groups: observed forces and equipment holdings 

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 9: Sub-Saharan Africa

    14 February 2017.  Sub-Saharan Africa: Continental Security Developments; African Standby Force: slow progress; Results of Amani Africa II; Regional developments; African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crisis; AU–UN cooperation; Recent developments; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence economics and procurement

    Eritrea: Defence policy; Armed forces; Defence economics and industry

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 8: Latin America and the Caribbean

    14 February 2017. 

    Latin America and the Caribbean:  Caribbean security challenges; Narcotics trafficking: on the up;  Caribbean security sector adapts;  Mexico;  Chile;  Central America; Defence Economics;  Defence spending;  Procurement 
    Argentina: Service developments; Defence Economics; Defence industry 
    Brazil
    Colombia: Peace agreement, economic crisis and military transformation


  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 5: Russia and Eurasia

    14 February 2017.  Russia: A post-New Look era; National Guard; Personnel; Training; Syria; Ukraine; The Arctic; The Caucasus; Ground forces; Aerospace forces; Navy; Strategic forces; Defence Economics; Defence spending; State Armament Programme; Defence industry; Arms exports

    Ukraine: Military doctrine; Army structure; Personnel and training; Tactical changes; Inventory changes

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 2: Comparative defence statistics

    14 February 2017.  Defence budgets and expenditure

    Selected European aerospace defence consolidation, 1990–2016
    Key defence statistics
    Battlefield missiles and rockets: Russian and US equipment capabilities
    Attack helicopter operators and fleets, 1997–2016
    Anti-submarine warfare: fixed-wing-aircraft fleets

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