• 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

  • Events

    Military Balance 2015: US Launch

    21 April 2015. 

    Book Launch
    Dr Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    James Hackett, Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis; Editor of The Military Balance
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry, OBE, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, IISS
    Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Tuesday 21 April 2015

  • Military Balance Blog

    Saudi Arabia - Selected Military Capabilities

    30 March 2015.  On the morning of 25 March, Saudi Arabia’s armed forces – leading a coalition of neighbouring states – began airstrikes on targets in Yemen in support of the beleaguered de jure administration of President Hadi. It is reported that key objectives include targets associated with the rebel Houthi group as well as forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saudi military forces had previously engaged Houthi targets in Yemen...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Russian strategic-bomber upgrade indicates new cruise-missile deployment

    18 March 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Although lately British focus has been on occasional pictures of the Russian Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bomber (NATO reporting name: Bear) in the UK flight-information region, an arguably more significant image of the Bear flying over Russia has recently also appeared. The aircraft has been photographed fitted with four sets of large-weapon pylons between the engine nacelles. The pylon design is not new...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ian Keddie: Western European shipbuilding in 2015

    18 March 2015.  By Ian Keddie, Research Analyst, Defence and Military Analysis Programme As Western European states reduced defence spending after 2008, many armed forces, including the French, Italian and British navies, saw some orders cancelled and equipment numbers reduced. In some cases, procurement attention was focused on equipment geared towards the land-dominated conflicts that followed 9/11, principally in Afghanistan and Iraq. Maritime procurements involved long lead times, smaller orders and complex designs, resulting...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tom Waldwyn: Asian naval exports to Africa on the rise

    13 March 2015.  By Tom Waldwyn, Assistant Research Analyst for Maritime Forces and Defence Industry On 12 March 2015 India successfully completed its first warship sale as Mauritius commissioned MCGS Barracuda into coastguard service at a ceremony attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 74m-long, ship, with a full-load displacement of 1,350 tonnes, was ordered in 2012 for US$58.5 million and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata, West Bengal.  Whilst India...

  • Military Balance Blog

    James Hackett: The Military Balance – equipment continuities over time

    13 March 2015.  By James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis Those of us who work on The Military Balance, like our readers, look for patterns and trends in our data. Sometimes these can relate to ways in which states are developing their defence forces, prompted perhaps by the outcome of defence reviews; these might lead to changes in the number, or role, of military organisations. Sometimes trends...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ben Barry: Prospects for the United Kingdom's armed forces in 2015 and beyond

    03 March 2015.  By Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare As is detailed in The Military Balance 2015, the UK is still the fifth biggest defence spender in the world, and it remains the second biggest spender in NATO. In addition to this, as Ben Barry notes, the British armed forces continue to uphold a reputation for professionalism and effectiveness. But, the 8-9% decrease in the UK military defence budget as compared to...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Kathryn Morisy: Continuity and Change: The Nature of Future Armed Conflict

    02 March 2015.  By Kathryn Morisy, Events Administrator, IISS-US  In October 2014, the US Army released the Army Operating Concept (AOC), ‘Win in a Complex World,’ which describes the future of armed conflict and the ways in which the US Army will adapt and prepare. On 19 February, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, Director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) and Deputy Commanding General for US Army Training and Doctrine Command for Futures, spoke...

  • Strategic Comments

    France’s nuclear conservatism

    25 February 2015. 

    Those who were hoping that French President François Hollande would use a recent speech to break with France's nuclear traditions will have been disappointed. With a majority of the population supporting its retention, Hollande outlined a realistic and sober vision for France's nuclear deterrent.

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