• 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.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review

    21 February 2018. 

    The Trump administration's Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) apprehends a hostile world due to ‘rapid deterioration of the threat environment since the 2010 NPR’. The new NPR downplays arms control and calls for the modernisation of US nuclear-weapons systems and facilities, as well as expanded nuclear options. The latter would most controversially include low-yield nuclear weapons, which could lower the nuclear threshold.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 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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