• Military Balance Blog

    Iran’s missile balancing act

    01 March 2017.  Tehran’s January ballistic-missile test has provoked considerable comment, but other recent weapon developments are also noteworthy, notes Douglas Barrie.

  • Military Balance Blog

    2017: year of the aircraft carrier

    27 February 2017.  2017 will see major milestones reached in a number of aircraft-carrier programmes around the world. These will have significant implications for both carrier and general naval power developments in the coming years.

  • Military Balance Blog

    China's aircraft and missile developments - implications for the F-35

    24 February 2017.    At the launch of The Military Balance 2017, Douglas Barrie, IISS Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, talks about the significance of China’s aircraft and air-to-air missile developments. 'The pace and the introduction is almost unheralded,' he says. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force is developing a capable palette of air-to-air weapons that could make the air environment more difficult for the F-35 and supporting aircraft. Watch the full launch. The Military Balance 2017 features analysis...

  • Military Balance Blog

    NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence: reassurance and deterrence

    20 February 2017.  A new NATO force lacks the size and power to deter Russian attacks on its own. But it will boost the cohesion and combat-readiness of NATO allies.

  • Military Balance Blog

    A federated way ahead for NATO in an age of complexity

    15 February 2017.  NATO faces a set of security challenges that are unprecedented in their complexity and potentially increasing gravity, argues a new paper written by the IISS ahead of the Alliance’s March Transformation Seminar. Its calls for NATO to adopt a ‘persistent federated approach’ to its commitments and relationships both within the Alliance and among its members, so that it can benefit from the capabilities and expertise of member nations, and deliver...

  • The Military Balance

    The Military Balance+ Individual Subscription

    14 February 2017.  Since 1959, The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has published The Military Balance, the annual assessment of global military capabilities and defence economics. In a major innovation, the analysis and data contained in this trusted book is now available in an online database – the Military Balance+.

  • The Military Balance

    The Military Balance 2017

    14 February 2017.  The Military Balance 2017 includes new equipment analysis graphics, a wall chart comparing US forces in Europe in 1989 and 2017 and essays on the changing defence-industrial landscape, special-operations forces, and twenty-first-century challenges to twentieth-century deterrence.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 5: Russia and Eurasia

    14 February 2017.  Russia: A post-New Look era; National Guard; Personnel; Training; Syria; Ukraine; The Arctic; The Caucasus; Ground forces; Aerospace forces; Navy; Strategic forces; Defence Economics; Defence spending; State Armament Programme; Defence industry; Arms exports

    Ukraine: Military doctrine; Army structure; Personnel and training; Tactical changes; Inventory changes

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 10: Country comparisons and defence data

    14 February 2017.  Selected training activity 2016
    International comparisons of defence expenditure and military personnel
    Global distribution of main battle tanks, 2016
    Principal surface combatants and patrol ships over 9,500 tonnes full-load displacement
    Select unmanned maritime systems in service, by weight
    Military ISR satellites: operational totals 
    Precision-guided munitions: increasing use by Western forces, 1991–2011 
    Selected non-state armed groups: observed forces and equipment holdings 

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 9: Sub-Saharan Africa

    14 February 2017.  Sub-Saharan Africa: Continental Security Developments; African Standby Force: slow progress; Results of Amani Africa II; Regional developments; African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crisis; AU–UN cooperation; Recent developments; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence economics and procurement

    Eritrea: Defence policy; Armed forces; Defence economics and industry

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