Editor's Introduction

The Military Balance 2014 is a comprehensive and independent assessment of global military capabilities and defence economics. It is also a reference work on developments in global military and security affairs.

Defence cuts continue in Western nations, Asian states develop and procure advanced military equipment in a region replete with conflicting territorial claims, and the continuing effects of the Arab Spring dominate regional defence and security concerns. These and many other subjects, such as unmanned systems and cyber capabilities, are tackled in the latest edition, alongside a listing of 171 countries' armed inventories.

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