• The Military Balance

    The Military Balance 2018

    14 February 2018.  The Military Balance 2018 includes new arms orders and deliveries graphics, a wall chart focused on strategic-forces modernisation in China, Russia and the United States, and thematic texts on Chinese and Russian air-launched weapons, artificial intelligence and defence, and Russian strategic-force modernisation.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Russia’s State Armament Programme 2027: a more measured course on procurement

    13 February 2018.  Russia is close to concluding its next ten-year armament programme, with a more modest level of re-equipment ambition.

  • Military Balance Blog

    New wall chart: Strategic-forces modernisation: China, Russia and the United States

    09 February 2018.  The Military Balance 2018 comes with a new wall chart, displaying the numbers of Chinese, Russian and US land-, air- and sea-based nuclear-delivery systems in 1987, 2017 and 2037.

  • Events

    China's military after the 19th Party Congress

    08 February 2018. 

    Thursday 8 February, 9.30–11am GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Helena Legarda, Research Associate, The Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)
    Meia Nouwens, Research Fellow for Chinese Defence Policy and Military Modernisation, IISS

  • Military Balance Blog

    Fielding US Navy lasers: not quite speed-of-light

    08 February 2018.  The US Navy wants to field laser weapons on ships in the next few years. But technical obstacles, such as power output and targeting, remain.

  • Military Balance Blog

    New features of The Military Balance 2018

    07 February 2018.  The Military Balance is an essential resource for those involved in security policymaking, and an indispensable handbook for anyone conducting serious analysis of military affairs, whether in the defence industry, government, the armed forces, academia, consultancy or the media.

  • Events

    Scanning the horizon for 2018: what's next in cyber and space?

    30 January 2018. 

    Tuesday 30 January, 2–3pm EST
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Todd Harrison, Director of Defense Budget Analysis; Director of Aerospace Security Project, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
    Sean Kanuck, Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security, IISS
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • Military Balance Blog

    Japan, the F-35B and wider aircraft carrier options

    17 January 2018.  Tokyo's suspected plan to place fighters on its helicopter-carrying destroyers is an ambitious one - but the move would significantly boost protection for its naval formations.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Canada’s navy and the shape of things to come

    07 January 2018.  Renewed force could make an important contribution to Canada's defence alliances.

  • IISS Voices

    Gulf security after 2020

    19 December 2017.  When UN Security Council Resolution 2231 – associated with the Iran nuclear deal – came into effect in late 2015, it included a clause preventing states from transferring conventional arms to Iran for five years. But what weapons would Iran buy, and how would they shape its military capabilities? A high-level group of experts examines the future of Gulf security after the moratorium on arms purchases expires.

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