• The Military Balance

    Chapter 1, Part 1: 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

  • 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.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 9: Sub-Saharan Africa

    19 February 2015.  The Ebola crisis; Defence economics;
    Kenya: Defence economics
    The Somali National Army: structural and operational developments; Operations and tactics; International training support

  • Events

    Continuity and Change: The Nature of Future Armed Conflict

    19 February 2015. 

    IISS-US Policy Makers Series
    Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster
    Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, US Army Training and Doctrine Command
    Chair: Dr. Eliot A. Cohen
    Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS
    Council Member, International Institute for Strategic Studies
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Thursday February 19 2015, 10:30am-12pm EDT/3:30-5pm GMT

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 8: Latin America

    18 February 2015.  Combating organised crime; Central America; Merging police with military capabilities and responses; Equipment acquisitions and plans; Regional defence economics
    Brazil: Internal security priorities; Decision reached on FX-2
    Colombia: Defence-policy drivers; Armed forces; Defence economics

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 7: Middle East

    18 February 2015.  The Syrian war; ISIS: tactics, emergence and advance
    Libya: continuing instability: Defence economics
    Israel: changing security dynamics: Another war in Gaza
    United Arab Emirates: Defence-policy developments; Platforms and forces; International defence cooperation; Defence economics

  • Military Balance Blog

    Joseph Dempsey: Boko Haram's armoured fighting vehicles

    18 February 2015.  By Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online The long-running insurgency of Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria has attracted increasing attention in recent years. Audacious incidents, such as the kidnap of the Chibok schoolgirls in 2014, and the failure of the Nigerian armed forces to adequately stem the tide of insurgent activity, coupled with Boko Haram mounting attacks in Nigeria’s neighbours, culminated in early 2015 with wider acknowledgement that this had...

  • Strategic Comments

    Japan’s defence budget bolsters altered military roles

    17 February 2015. 

    Japan's rising defence spending is part of an effort by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to carve out a greater regional security role for his country, commensurate with its status as the world's third-largest economy.

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