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    F-35 Lightning II: for better or worse

    15 March 2018. 

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

  • 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.

  • 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 2: Comparative defence statistics

    14 February 2018.  Defence budgets and expenditure
    Armed unmanned aerial vehicles: production and procurement
    Key defence statistics
    China: People’s Liberation Army main battle tanks
    China: air-to-air missile progress
    Selected Chinese and Asia-Pacific regional naval shipbuilding since 2000

  • 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
    France
    Norway: Security policy; NATO; Defence policy and military strategy; The armed forces; Defence economics; Defence industry
    United Kingdom: Armed services; Defence economics

  • The Military Balance

    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

  • The Military Balance

    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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