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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. 

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    Chapter I, Part I: Chinese and Russian air-launched weapons: a test for Western air dominance

    14 February 2018. 

    Chinese progress
    Russian resurgence
    Going electronic
    Long- and very-long-range engagement
    A challenging future environment

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    Chapter 6: Asia

    14 February 2018.  Asia: Concerns over China; Five Power Defence Arrangements; Korean Peninsula; Regional insurgency and terrorism; Defence economics; Macroeconomics: the world’s fastest-growing region; Defence budgets and procurement: responding to latent threats; Arms industry: push on self-reliance and intra-Asian arms trade
    China: Policy developments; Organisational reform; New CMC leadership changes; Space; Expanding international presence; People’s Liberation Army; People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force; People’s Liberation Army Air Force: continuing reorganisation; People’s Liberation Army Navy; Defence economics; Reorganising the defence science and
    technology system; Implementing major projects; Defence-industry reform; Civil–military integration; Funding
    Taiwan: Bolstering defence capability; Defence economics; Defence industry

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    Chapter 3: North America

    14 February 2018.  United States: China and Russia; Multiple concurrent challenges; Alliance relationships; Readiness issues; Modernisation challenges; US Army; US Air Force; US Navy and US Coast Guard; Defence Economics; FY2018 Defence Budget Request; Continued budget turmoil; Balancing readiness, capacity and high-end

    capabilities
    Canada: Defence review; International commitments and engagements; Defence economics

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    Editor’s Introduction

    14 February 2018.  Defence policymakers worldwide remain challenged by a complex and fractured security environment, marked by increased uncertainty in relations between states and the proliferation of advanced military capabilities. 

     

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    Chapter 10: Country comparisons and defence data

    14 February 2018. 

    Selected exercises: Europe 2016-17
    Selected exercises: Russia and Eurasia 2016-17
    International comparisons of defence expenditure and military personnel

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    Reference

    14 February 2018. 

    List of abbreviations for data sections
    Index of country/territory abbreviations
    Index of countries and territories

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    Explanatory notes

    14 February 2018.  General arrangement and contents
    The Military Balance Wall Chart
    Using The Military Balance
    Abbreviations and definitions
    Country entries
    Arms procurements and deliveries
    Defence economics: Definitions of terms; Calculating exchange rates
    General defence data: Personnel; Other forces; Cyber; Forces by role and equipment by type; Deployments; Training activity
    Land Forces
    Naval Forces
    Air Forces
    Attribution and acknowledgements
    Principal Land Definitions
    Principal Naval Definitions
    Principal Aviation Definitions

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    Chapter 7: Middle East and North Africa

    14 February 2018. 

    Middle East and North Africa: Countering ISIS; The war in Syria; Yemen; Qatar crisis and regional defence; Defence economics; Economic outlook: uncertain times; Defence spending: opacity prevails; Defence procurement and industry
    Qatar: Defence policy; Armed forces; Defence and security cooperation; Operational experience; Personnel and training; Defence economics and industry

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    Chapter 9: Sub-Saharan Africa

    14 February 2018. 

    Sub-Saharan Africa: Regional approaches; Tackling the Lord’s Resistance Army; Somalia; Tackling Boko Haram; Gambia; The Sahel; Defence economics; Macroeconomic trends; Defence budgets and procurement: air-force recapitalisation
    Djibouti: Foreign basing; Military capability
    Sudan: Regime survival; Regional relations; Armed forces; Defence economics and industry
    Uganda: Regional deployments; Internal threats; Operational capability; Defence industry

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    Chapter 8: Latin America and the Caribbean

    14 February 2018.  Latin America and the Caribbean: Central America and the role of the armed forces; Post-FARC Colombia; Military developments in Mexico; Other developments; Defence economics; Macroeconomics: a modest recovery; Defence spending and procurement: budget constraints limit modernisation
    Venezuela: Command and control; Defence-doctrine changes; Economic crisis and defence acquisitions

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