The Military Balance is an authoritative assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries. Detailed A–Z entries list each country’s military organisation, personnel numbers, equipment inventories, and relevant economic and demographic data.
Regional and select country analyses cover the major developments affecting defence policy and procurement, and defence economics. The opening graphics section displays notable defence statistics, while additional data sets detail selected arms orders and military exercises, as well as comparative defence expenditure and personnel numbers. The Military Balance is an indispensable handbook for anyone conducting serious analysis of security policy and military affairs.
‘Amid continuing conflict and broadening insecurity, The Military Balance provides essential facts and analysis for decision-makers and for better informed public debate.’ Dr Robert M. Gates, former US Secretary of Defense and Director of Central Intelligence
‘Because military affairs are inevitably clouded in fog, the IISS Military Balance is an essential companion for those who seek to understand.’ Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, former UK Defence Secretary and Secretary-General of NATO
New Features in The Military Balance 2015:
- New country analyses including China, Colombia, France, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates, as well as analysis of regional defence and security developments such as ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
- New thematic analytical essays on hybrid warfare, directed energy weapons and US space systems.
- A new Military Balance Wall Chart, with a focus on Russia’s armed forces.
- New technical equipment-focused graphics, including on the development of Russia’s Flanker combat-aircraft variants, the US Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer and Israel’s Merkava IV main battle tank.
- Updated graphics feature on comparative defence statistics, with a focus on defence economics, defence industry and major land, sea and air capabilities.
- Updated national capability summaries.
- A new section detailing ‘observed equipment’ for selected non-state armed groups, including the Peshmerga in northern Iraq, separatist forces in eastern Ukraine and Boko Haram in Nigeria, among others.
- A table of military training exercises, arranged by region.
- New maps on France’s realigned military presence in Africa, the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as AMISOM’s Operation Indian Ocean in Somalia.