• Manama Voices

    Defence spending in the Middle East and the price of oil

    09 December 2016.  Estimated defence spending in the Middle East and North Africa increased dramatically in the years following the Arab Spring. But, as Lucie Béraud-Sudreau explains, the sharp drop in oil prices from 2014 onwards is placing new economic and fiscal constraints on oil-exporter states, and forcing them to re-examine their spending priorities.

  • Events

    Military innovation and adaptation: keeping the cutting edge sharp

    23 November 2016. 

    Corporate Roundtable
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 23 November 2016, 8–9AM BST

  • Military Balance Blog

    French arms exports success – the data behind the numbers

    12 October 2016.  There is no denying that French industry, supported by government, has celebrated genuine successes on the global arms market in recent years. However, as Lucie Béraud-Sudreau argues, the value of actual deliveries, rather than orders, offers a much clearer sense of defence-market trends.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Bastian Giegerich: Share guns and sovereignty – armaments cooperation in Europe

    26 August 2016.  Germany's recent defence white paper proposes fundamental changes to European armaments cooperation. Bastian Giegerich analyses the details, and suggests that although there are multiple challenges to implementation, an idea whose time has come can be a powerful thing.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Nick Childs: US carriers – more support from amphibious fleet

    23 August 2016.  The debate over the continuing utility and cost-effectiveness of the US Navy's nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs) is in full flood. Nick Childs suggests that the US should further develop the role of its amphibious assault ships as support aircraft carriers, which would both enhance capabilities and take the pressure off the overworked CVN force.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Ramjet revival

    28 July 2016.  With the Swedish Air Force's introduction of Meteor, ramjet propulsion is undergoing something of a revival

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ian Keddie: F-35 achieves most significant milestone to date

    27 July 2016.  As production levels increase, the total number of F-35 aircraft is now greater than its fifth-generation peer, the F-22.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: UK trumpets defence deals at Farnborough

    12 July 2016.  The British government announced defence deals with the United States worth over US$6 billion on the first day of the 2016 Farnborough International Air Show. The two key projects – for nine P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft and 50 US AH-64E Apache attack helicopters – will be undertaken by Boeing. Douglas Barrie examines how the deals will work.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Adrian Philip Kendry: NATO defence spending and the Warsaw Summit – will Brexit have an effect?

    08 July 2016.  Uncertainty arising from the Brexit vote casts a shadow over the 8–9 July NATO Summit in Warsaw. Not only does it threaten to affect UK defence spending beyond 2016, but it also has the capacity to imperil the fragile recovery in NATO European defence spending, writes Adrian Philip Kendry.

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: Britain's Iraq Inquiry - an initial military assessment

    07 July 2016.  The long-awaited results of a seven-year inquiry into the UK's role in the Iraq War of 2003 have finally been published. Here, Ben Barry recalls his own experiences of assessing the British Army's efforts to stabilise the country after the conflict and how he came to similarly uncomfortable conclusions about the UK's failure to achieve its strategic objectives.

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