• Military Balance Blog

    Sweden reintroduces conscription, in a changing European security environment

    21 March 2017.  Russian assertiveness has influenced Sweden's change of policy. But can conscription tackle the country's shortfall in personnel?

  • Survival

    Book Reviews

    20 March 2017.  War, Conflict and the Military H.R. McMaster
    Middle East Ray Takeyh
    Politics and International Relations Gilles Andréani
    United States David C. Unger

  • Survival

    Genius and Mastery in Military Innovation

    20 March 2017.  When it comes to creating new battlefield concepts and capabilities, buying cutting-edge machines is not enough.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tensions fuel boom in Asian defence spending

    08 March 2017.  The balance of global military spending is shifting east. North Korea's missile tests and the South China Sea dispute are two reasons why.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Russia’s defence spending: the impact of economic contraction

    06 March 2017.  Russia continues to keep its re-equipment programme broadly on track, but can it be sustained fully in light of the country’s economic problems?

  • Military Balance Blog

    Iran’s missile balancing act

    01 March 2017.  Tehran’s January ballistic-missile test has provoked considerable comment, but other recent weapon developments are also noteworthy, notes Douglas Barrie.

  • Military Balance Blog

    2017: year of the aircraft carrier

    27 February 2017.  2017 will see major milestones reached in a number of aircraft-carrier programmes around the world. These will have significant implications for both carrier and general naval power developments in the coming years.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 10: Country comparisons and defence data

    14 February 2017.  Selected training activity 2016
    International comparisons of defence expenditure and military personnel
    Global distribution of main battle tanks, 2016
    Principal surface combatants and patrol ships over 9,500 tonnes full-load displacement
    Select unmanned maritime systems in service, by weight
    Military ISR satellites: operational totals 
    Precision-guided munitions: increasing use by Western forces, 1991–2011 
    Selected non-state armed groups: observed forces and equipment holdings 

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 2: Comparative defence statistics

    14 February 2017.  Defence budgets and expenditure

    Selected European aerospace defence consolidation, 1990–2016
    Key defence statistics
    Battlefield missiles and rockets: Russian and US equipment capabilities
    Attack helicopter operators and fleets, 1997–2016
    Anti-submarine warfare: fixed-wing-aircraft fleets

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter I, Part I: The changing defence-industrial landscape

    14 February 2017.  2016 developments

    US procurement competition
    Sikorsky and the rotary-wing sector
    Industrial landscaping
    European outlook
    Re-emerging and new competitors

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