The Military Balance is the annual IISS assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries. Detailed A–Z entries list each country’s military forces, personnel numbers, equipment inventories and significant defence economic data.
Regional and country texts assess the principal factors driving defence policy as well as military capability 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.
New features in The Military Balance 2018:
- Complementing its regional military analysis, the book carries detailed assessments of defence developments in China, Russia and the United States, as well as France and the United Kingdom. There are also features on Norway, Qatar, Sudan, Taiwan, Uganda and Venezuela, among others.
- New thematic texts analysing Chinese and Russian air-launched weapons; Big data, artificial intelligence and defence; and Russia’s strategic-force modernisation.
- A new Military Balance Wall Chart, focused on strategic-forces modernisation in China, Russia and the US.
- New regional arms orders and deliveries sections, outlining significant defence-procurement events in 2017 and displaying selected procurement programmes and ongoing or completed procurement priorities in 2017, and including equipment-focus graphics, such as Russia’s Su-57 (T-50) combat aircraft.
- Updated comparative defence-statistics section, with graphics showing key data relating to defence economics and major land, sea and air capabilities, including global UAV sales and Chinese and Asia-Pacific regional naval shipbuilding since 2000.
- Updated summaries of national military capability, at the start of each country entry.
- New maps comparing selected military training exercises in Europe and Russia and Eurasia in 2016–17.
- Updated entries relating to national cyber capabilities.
- An extended selection of new maps, graphics and tables, including military facilities and defence-industrial locations for selected states, the US Navy’s Virginia-class guided-missile submarine, Russian army units near Ukraine’s border, China’s People’s Liberation Army reorganisation, and foreign military influence and reported operating locations in Syria.
‘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 U.S. 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
‘The Military Balance is widely recognised as the best unclassified source of defense information on personnel, equipment and budgets for every country.’ Leon Panetta, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Director of Central Intelligence and White House Chief of Staff