• Events

    Chinese Air Power: Revolution or Evolution?

    23 April 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, IISS 
    Henry Boyd, Research Associate for Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 23 April 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Military Balance Blog

    Joseph Dempsey: Russia deploys latest tank variant to Ukraine border

    17 April 2014.  By Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst for The Military Balance In late March 2014 a number of videos were published online reportedly showing the deployment by rail of Russian Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) to areas adjoining the border with Ukraine. These include an unknown number of T-72B3 MBTs, as identified by IISS analysts. The T-72B3 is the latest update of the venerable, Soviet-era T-72 MBT family, which forms the majority of the...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Giri Rajendran: What now for European defence spending?

    09 April 2014.  By Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics The crisis in Ukraine has caused strategic planners across Europe to sit up and take notice. One question that is already being reflected upon is whether cuts to European defence budgets have gone too far. At the EU–US summit on 26 March, President Barack Obama voiced his concerns over diminished levels of defence spending in many NATO European states, warning that: ‘The...

  • Survival

    Has Britain Found its Role?

    01 April 2014. 

    The question is not whether Britain is a great power, but whether it does what great powers do. In the absence of wider changes, Britain will continue to play this role.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: US carrier-strike-group ambitions – a UK contribution

    28 March 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace If UK Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond had required any reminding as to the level of American interest regarding British procurement ambitions during his visit to the US in the last week of March, he need have looked no further than the Pentagon’s 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), released earlier in the month. The QDR outlined what it termed ‘strategically complementary approaches’...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Infographic: Russia's Southern Military District

    20 March 2014.  Analysts in the IISS Defence and Military Analysis Programme have produced a map of Russia’s Southern Military District army and air force bases and force dispositions

  • Events

    Continuing the Trident Debate: Role, Alternatives and Opportunity Cost

    18 March 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Sir Nick Harvey MP
    Former Minister of State for the Armed Forces
    Dr Julian Lewis MP
    Former Shadow Defence Minister
    Admiral Lord West of Spithead
    Former First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
    Baroness Williams of Crosby
    Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 18 March 2014

  • Events

    US Launch of The Military Balance 2014

    18 March 2014. 

    US Launch
    James Hackett
    Editor of The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defense and Military Analysis, IISS
    Douglas Barrie
    Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, IISS
    Samuel Charap
    Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS
    Moderator: Adam Ward
    Director of Studies, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Tuesday 18 March 2014

  • Military Balance Blog

    Henry Boyd: Crimea - photographic records

    06 March 2014.  By Henry Boyd, Research Associate for Defence and Military Analysis The identity of the Russian reinforcements deployed to Crimea remains subject to debate. The personnel guarding Ukrainian military and administrative facilities appear to have made a deliberate effort to display no visible unit or organisation markings on their uniforms. The same is not quite true of the vehicles they have been operating, however. Although it is not possible to draw definite conclusions...

  • Military Balance Blog

    James Hackett: Crisis in Ukraine - military dimensions

    05 March 2014.  By James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis Ukraine’s armed forces As noted in the latest IISS Military Balance, Ukraine’s armed forces continue to operate mainly Soviet-era equipment, which is in need of upgrade or replacement. Defence spending, however, has remained stubbornly low, consistently around 1% of GDP in recent years; as a result, the services have suffered from inadequate financing and defence reforms have been significantly...

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