• Military Balance Blog

    Xi looks to China's private sector as he pursues a slimmer, smarter PLA

    23 February 2018.  China’s ‘civil–military integration’ policy is intended to inject more innovation into the country’s defence industry, at a time when defence spending is under pressure to be more efficient.

  • Events

    The Military Balance 2018

    21 February 2018. 

    Wednesday 21 February, 10–11.30am EST
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Dr Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General, IISS
    Dr Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, IISS
    Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS

  • Military Balance Blog

    It’s not your father’s PLAAF: China’s push to develop domestic air-to-air missiles

    21 February 2018.  Beijing’s advances in developing combat aircraft armed with air-to-air missiles have narrowed the gap between Chinese and US capabilities.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Asia-Pacific amphibious capability developments

    16 February 2018.  Contested maritime domains and the growing significance of disaster-relief missions have increased the attraction of amphibious forces in the Asia-Pacific.

  • Military Balance Blog

    European defence spending: the new consensus

    15 February 2018.  Changing threat perceptions and an improved economic climate have prompted European states to increase defence spending.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter I, Part II: Big data, artificial intelligence and defence

    14 February 2018.  Military applications

    From tactical to operational
    Strategic advantage
    Ethical considerations
    2018 and beyond

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 5: Russia-Eurasia

    14 February 2018.  Russia: Syria; Russia’s military exercises; Contract service; Ukraine; New equipment; Defence economics; Defence spending; State Armament Programme; Defence industry; Arms exports
    Ukraine: Armed-forces reform; Personnel reform

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter I, Part III: Russia: strategic-force modernisation

    14 February 2018.  Defence industry

    Strategic forces: Land-based systems; Maritime systems; Strategic aviation; Early warning and missile defence
    Non-strategic nuclear weapons

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 4: Europe

    14 February 2018. 

    Europe: Defence collaboration in the EU; Internationalisation of the German armed forces; NATO: settling into new realities; NATO–EU relations; Defence Economics; A favourable economic context; Procurement trends: modernisation under way; Industry: manoeuvres in the naval sector
    Norway: Security policy; NATO; Defence policy and military strategy; The armed forces; Defence economics; Defence industry
    United Kingdom: Armed services; Defence economics

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter I, Part I: Chinese and Russian air-launched weapons: a test for Western air dominance

    14 February 2018. 

    Chinese progress
    Russian resurgence
    Going electronic
    Long- and very-long-range engagement
    A challenging future environment

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