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Defence and Military Analysis

As military concepts and technologies adjust to changing security threats, this IISS research programme is on top of the latest in global strategy, capabilities and expenditure.

The Military Balance

Indispensable defence data and analysis

The Military Balance 2017 and our new complementary database, Military Balance+, were both launched on 14 February. Harnessing pioneering technology, Military Balance+ allows users to customise, view, compare and download data instantly, anywhere, anytime.

  • NATO Transformation Seminar

    NATO Transformation Seminar 2017

    22 March 2017. 

    NATO Transformation Seminar 2017
    Wednesday 22 March–Thursday 23 March
    Marriott Hotel, Budapest, Hungary

  • NATO Transformation Seminar

    Young Professionals Day 2017

    21 March 2017. 

    NATO Transformation Seminar – Young Professionals Day 2017
    Tuesday 21 March
    Marriott Hotel, Budapest, Hungary


  • Military Balance Blog

    Sweden reintroduces conscription, in a changing European security environment

    21 March 2017.  Russian assertiveness has influenced Sweden's change of policy. But can conscription tackle the country's shortfall in personnel?

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tensions fuel boom in Asian defence spending

    08 March 2017.  The balance of global military spending is shifting east. North Korea's missile tests and the South China Sea dispute are two reasons why.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Russia’s defence spending: the impact of economic contraction

    06 March 2017.  Russia continues to keep its re-equipment programme broadly on track, but can it be sustained fully in light of the country’s economic problems?

  • Military Balance Blog

    Iran’s missile balancing act

    01 March 2017.  Tehran’s January ballistic-missile test has provoked considerable comment, but other recent weapon developments are also noteworthy, notes Douglas Barrie.

  • Military Balance Blog

    2017: year of the aircraft carrier

    27 February 2017.  2017 will see major milestones reached in a number of aircraft-carrier programmes around the world. These will have significant implications for both carrier and general naval power developments in the coming years.

  • Military Balance Blog

    China's aircraft and missile developments - implications for the F-35

    24 February 2017.    At the launch of The Military Balance 2017, Douglas Barrie, IISS Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, talks about the significance of China’s aircraft and air-to-air missile developments. 'The pace and the introduction is almost unheralded,' he says. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force is developing a capable palette of air-to-air weapons that could make the air environment more difficult for the F-35 and supporting aircraft. Watch the full launch. The Military Balance 2017 features analysis...

  • Events

    Harsh Lessons: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War

    23 February 2017. 

    Book Launch
    Brigadier (Retired) Ben Barry OBE, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 23 February 2017, 12.30–1.30pm GMT

  • Military Balance Blog

    NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence: reassurance and deterrence

    20 February 2017.  A new NATO force lacks the size and power to deter Russian attacks on its own. But it will boost the cohesion and combat-readiness of NATO allies.

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A federated way ahead for NATO in an age of complexity

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