• Military Balance Blog

    US Navy’s latest frigate plans: beyond LCS, but how far?

    04 August 2017.  The US Navy’s request for information from industry for a new guided-missile frigate underscores a further evolution of its thinking away from the original, much-criticised Littoral Combat Ship programme.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Type-055: a new chapter in China’s naval modernisation

    24 July 2017.  There is an exclusive club of five maritime nations currently operating surface combatants that displace over 9,750 tonnes – or what in The Military Balance classifies as ‘cruisers’. Missile defence and the ability to fire larger cruise missiles require bigger radars and cooling systems as well as more missile-launcher space, which all contribute to driving up the size of the vessel.

  • Survival

    Can Israel Survive Without America?

    17 July 2017.  Those blithely advocating Israeli independence from the United States should be careful what they wish for.

  • Survival

    The Iron Wall Logic of Israel’s Space Programme

    17 July 2017.  Israel’s space programme both provides tangible capabilities to deal with security threats and projects a message of national might.

  • Survival

    Measuring Military Cyber Power

    17 July 2017.  Understanding how and why cyber capabilities are developed and deployed is becoming a critical element in determining the power dynamics between states.

  • Survival

    Strategic Stability Under Obama and Trump

    17 July 2017.  The Trump administration must assess how strategic stability, an organising concept for the Obama administration’s strategic policy, might fit with its own guiding principles.

  • Events

    The future US forward presence in Europe

    14 July 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr John Deni, Research Professor of National Security Studies, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College
    Chaired by James Hackett, Editor, The Military Balance, Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 14 July, 11am–12pm BST

  • Military Balance Blog

    Russian military lift risks atrophy

    06 July 2017.  Since late 2015, Russia has sustained expeditionary operations in Syria by relying on ageing air- and maritime-lift platforms. Unless it can better previous failed efforts to replace both, Moscow risks losing the capacity to carry out a similar operation within the next decade.

  • Strategic Comments

    NATO’s continuing adaptation

    05 July 2017. 

    Despite US President Donald Trump's noted hectoring on European NATO defence spending, several European NATO countries have been modestly increasing their spending for some time owing to national threat perceptions. The real challenges are to 'spend better', in ways that genuinely enhance military capabilities and in particular increase reassurance and deterrence vis-a-vis Russia, and to improve internal cohesion.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Could a ‘double freeze’ be viable path to peace on Korean Peninsula?

    05 July 2017.  The recent and successful ICBM test by North Korea demonstrates the urgency of a strategy to prevent further provocations.

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