• Military Balance Blog

    New wall chart: US forces in Europe in 1989 and 2017

    10 February 2017.  Maps, statistics and graphics on our Military Balance wall chart show how the US presence in Europe has changed from the end of the Cold War to the current day.

  • Military Balance Blog

    New features of The Military Balance 2017

    09 February 2017.  The Military Balance is The International Institute for Strategic Studies' annual assessment of global military capabilities and defence economics, and is available in both print and electronic format. It is also now available as a database – the Military Balance+, which allows users to customise, view, compare and download data instantly, anywhere, anytime. The Military Balance is an essential resource for those involved in security policymaking, and an indispensable handbook...

  • 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

  • NATO Transformation Seminar

    Session 1

    03 November 2016. 

    NATO Transformation Seminar – Young Professionals Day 2017
    Tuesday 21 March
    Marriott Hotel, Budapest, Hungary


  • 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.

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