• 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

    Thinking About Future Armed Conflict

    01 July 2015. 

    Corporate Briefing
    Lieutenant-General HR McMaster 
    Director, US Army Capabilities Integration Centre
    Deputy Commanding General, Futures, US Army Training and Doctrine Command
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 1 July 2015, 3:30-4:30pm

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: British Lessons from Afghanistan

    30 June 2015. 

  • Events

    Special Operations Forces after Afghanistan: a Canadian Perspective

    29 June 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Brigadier-General Michael Rouleau
    Commander, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 29 June 2015

  • Strategic Comments

    UK defence review: a test of strategic ambitions

    23 June 2015. 

    In conducting a new defence review, Britain’s Conservative government will need to determine its level of strategic ambition, and to set commensurate budget goals for the next five years. Reductions in capabilities since the last review in 2010 have diminished the UK’s military strength considerably.

  • Expert Commentary

    On Track: When the cupboard is Bear - Nato European defence responses to Russia

    17 June 2015.  By Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics and Henry Boyd, Research Associate for Defence and Military Analysis Russia’s actions in the Ukraine have forced NATO European policy makers to grapple with their most serious collective security challenge since the end of the Cold War; at the same time as financial crisis driven fiscal consolidation on a near-continental scale continues to exert significant downward pressure on the region’s defence spending. ...

  • Expert Commentary

    Breaking Defense: European Air Power - A Grizzly Outlook

    12 June 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Recent events in Iraq, Libya, Russia, Syria and Yemen have sharpened the fundamental questions European nations face as they consider medium- and long-term force structure and equipment needs. In the short term, the focus for much of Europe’s defense aerospace sector is on understanding fully the cause of the crash of an Airbus A400M, that lead to the death of four of the six...

  • Events

    Religion and Values in US Foreign Policy

    08 June 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Andrew Preston, 
    Reader in American History, Clare College, University of Cambridge
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 8 June 2015

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Dana H. Allin: America in the Asia-Pacific – Are we there yet?

    03 June 2015.  When does the United States finish ‘rebalancing’ its strategic focus towards the Asia-Pacific and decide that it is adequately ‘balanced’? The question is about more than wordplay, as I suggested to a Pentagon official at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Saturday. We were speaking after the new US defense secretary, Ashton Carter, had delivered a careful and generally well-received speech that morning. The rebalancing rhetoric, first invoked by Secretary...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: America in the Asia-Pacific – Are we there yet?

    03 June 2015.  When does the United States finish ‘rebalancing’ its strategic focus towards the Asia-Pacific and decide that it is adequately ‘balanced’? The question is about more than wordplay, as I suggested to a Pentagon official at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Saturday. We were speaking after the new US defense secretary, Ashton Carter, had delivered a careful and generally well-received speech that morning. The rebalancing rhetoric, first invoked by Secretary...

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