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    Military Balance 2016

    The Military Balance 2016

    The Military Balance 2016 was launched on Tuesday 9 February 2016.

    '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

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    Military Balance 2016 Wall Chart

    Gulf region missile defence

    The Military Balance 2016 comes with a new wall chart focusing on ‘Gulf region missile defence’, showing for selected states defensive and offensive missile systems, combat air assets and illustrative radar-detection fans and missile-range indicators.

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    The Military Balance 2016

    New features in The Military Balance 2016

    The Military Balance 2016 includes new equipment analysis graphics, a wall chart detailing Gulf regional missile defence and essays on armoured vehicles, Chinese ballistic missiles and cyber deterrence.

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    Defence Spending

    Russia and China drive global spending increases in 2015

    Driven by Chinese and Russian increases, real-terms global defence spending rose in 2015, although Europe’s share of the global total continued to fall.

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Middle East and North Africa

Despite continued US-led military actions against the Islamic State, the group retains significant territory in both Syria and Iraq. In Syria, the Assad regime’s armed forces were bolstered by the deployment of Russian airpower. The Saudi-led coalition continues military action against Houthi rebels in Yemen. This year's analysis covers these and other issues, such as Libya, Iran and the Iraqi armed forces.


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While NATO continued to assure allies and adapt its forces in light of Russia’s military activity, defence budgets and capabilities remained under scrutiny.

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Tensions over territorial claims persisted, while military modernisation continued. We analyse China’s and Australia’s armed forces, Japan’s defence policy and India’s defence industries.