• Events

    F-35 Lightning II: for better or worse

    15 March 2018. 

    Thursday 15 March, 8.30–9.30am GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, IISS
    Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    Merkel 4.0: not so different after all

    14 March 2018. 

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will lead a new coalition government that has diluted her power and produced low expectations, amid considerable domestic uncertainty and foreign policy challenges. But Merkel’s instincts for caution, control and compromise will likely continue to make Germany a crucial stabilising force in Europe and a key player in determining the future of the European Union.

  • Expert Commentary

    Is NATO’s two percent target fit for purpose?

    06 March 2018.  NATO’s two percent target on defence spending only provides a limited view of countries’ defence capabilities. Lucie Béraud-Sudreau and Bastian Giegerich welcome recent commitments by European states to spend smarter.

  • 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.

  • Events

    The Military Balance 2018

    21 February 2018. 

    Wednesday 21 February, 10–11.30am EST
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    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.

  • 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 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 4: Europe

    14 February 2018. 

    Europe: Defence collaboration in the EU; Internationalisation of the German armed forces; NATO: settling into new realities; NATO–EU relations; Defence Economics; A favourable economic context; Procurement trends: modernisation under way; Industry: manoeuvres in the naval sector
    Norway: Security policy; NATO; Defence policy and military strategy; The armed forces; Defence economics; Defence industry
    United Kingdom: Armed services; Defence economics

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