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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

Find out how The Military Balance 2018 and our complementary database, Military Balance+, can drive your analysis of global military capabilities and defence economics. 

  • Military Balance Blog

    Xi looks to China's private sector as he pursues a slimmer, smarter PLA

    23 February 2018.  China’s ‘civil–military integration’ policy is intended to inject more innovation into the country’s defence industry, at a time when defence spending is under pressure to be more efficient.

  • Expert Commentary

    China’s military power is growing faster than you think

    21 February 2018.  The west’s superiority is increasingly under threat on land and sea – and in cyberspace.

  • Events

    The Military Balance 2018

    21 February 2018. 

    Wednesday 21 February, 10–11.30am EST
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speakers:
    Dr Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General, IISS
    Dr Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, IISS
    Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS

  • Military Balance Blog

    It’s not your father’s PLAAF: China’s push to develop domestic air-to-air missiles

    21 February 2018.  Beijing’s advances in developing combat aircraft armed with air-to-air missiles have narrowed the gap between Chinese and US capabilities.

  • IISS Voices

    China’s radar installations in the Spratly Islands – what do they tell us about its ambitions for the South China Sea?

    19 February 2018.  China’s land reclamation activities in the South China Sea are currently focused on the installation of military infrastructure on its new islands. It has long been known that these new developments include runways, port facilities and military defences, however, in a significant boost to China’s surveillance and intelligence capabilities, as well as its power-projection efforts, new imagery indicates that they also feature a sprawling new network of radars of varying...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Asia-Pacific amphibious capability developments

    16 February 2018.  Contested maritime domains and the growing significance of disaster-relief missions have increased the attraction of amphibious forces in the Asia-Pacific.

  • Military Balance Blog

    European defence spending: the new consensus

    15 February 2018.  Changing threat perceptions and an improved economic climate have prompted European states to increase defence spending.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter I, Part II: Big data, artificial intelligence and defence

    14 February 2018.  Military applications

    From tactical to operational
    Strategic advantage
    Ethical considerations
    2018 and beyond

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 5: Russia-Eurasia

    14 February 2018.  Russia: Syria; Russia’s military exercises; Contract service; Ukraine; New equipment; Defence economics; Defence spending; State Armament Programme; Defence industry; Arms exports
    Ukraine: Armed-forces reform; Personnel reform

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter I, Part III: Russia: strategic-force modernisation

    14 February 2018.  Defence industry

    Strategic forces: Land-based systems; Maritime systems; Strategic aviation; Early warning and missile defence
    Non-strategic nuclear weapons

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