• Military Balance Blog

    Light of the Grain: illuminating Israel’s changing defence thinking

    11 December 2017.  Amid ongoing regional conflict, Israel’s largest military exercise in almost 20 years sheds light on its evolving perception of non-state threats on its northern borders.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ground-launched cruise missiles: US moves closer to action over alleged Russian breach

    06 December 2017.  Ground-based intermediate nuclear-capable weapons could make an unwelcome return to Europe if a US–Russia treaty unravels.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Amphibious futures: the UK controversy and beyond

    27 November 2017.  Potential scalebacks to the United Kingdom’s amphibious ambitions come amid a growth in countries investing heavily in amphibious assault ships.

  • Military Balance Blog

    China’s 19th Party Congress: streamlined top military tier to push Xi’s reforms further

    20 November 2017.  The new line-up of officials in China’s Central Military Commission reflects President Xi Jinping’s priority for increasing combat readiness.

  • IISS Voices

    Xi offers bold vision for PLA at 19th Party Congress

    19 October 2017.  This week’s policy announcements by Xi Jinping are part of a concerted effort by China to shape the PLA into a world-class force. Encompassing a modernisation drive, a major force restructure and an anti-corruption programme, the reforms are as wide-ranging as they are bold, explains Alex Neill. 

  • Military Balance Blog

    Aurora 2017: shedding light on Swedish defence thinking

    11 September 2017.  On 19 September 2017, Sweden will begin its largest military exercise for two decades, Aurora 2017.  Over its three-week course, 19,000 personnel drawn from all of Sweden’s armed services, including the Home Guard, will be involved. Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and the United States will also contribute around 1,000 troops between them. The exercise’s focus is the southeast of the country, and Gotland island, the closest Swedish...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Can Franco-German cooperation deliver a new European defence?

    14 July 2017.  While Europe could certainly do with more capabilities and cooperation, a more fundamental change of strategic mindset in Paris and Berlin is required if Europe is to build a more autonomous defence capability. Fabrice Pothier looks beyond recent statements and announcements to examine what their true policy positions are.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Declining utility of anti-armour weapons: Norway’s inconvenient truth

    29 May 2017.  Serving as a public wake-up call, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence has issued a warning on the threat to current NATO anti-armour capabilities from the increased fielding of active protection systems (APS) on armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs).

  • Survival

    The Interpreters

    16 May 2017.  The treatment of local civilians formerly employed by foreign militaries in Afghanistan is a source of shame for the soldiers with whom they served.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Striking a balance: the British Army’s new strike brigades

    02 May 2017.  The British Army’s Strike Experimentation Group will this year begin exploring a mixed brigade-size fleet of tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles as it continues to pursue a separate approach to a ‘medium-weight’ combined-arms brigade than that adopted by the United States and French armies.

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