• IISS Voices

    Not all Chinese see THAAD missile system as immediate threat

    19 April 2017.  Chinese commentators have savaged the US deployment of the THAAD missile system to South Korea, arguing it could monitor Beijing's missile tests or even strike at the country. But dissenting voices say the risks have been overstated. Yumu Chen examines the claims underpinning their analysis.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Getting rid of Gainful: replacing the Soviet-era 2K12 missile system

    19 April 2017.  NATO’s Eastern Europe states continue to move to replace some of their remaining Soviet-era air-defence systems as it becomes increasingly more challenging and costly to maintain them.

  • Military Balance Blog

    US Armoured Brigade Combat Teams – rotational deployments

    11 April 2017.  The inactivation of the last Armored Brigade Combat Team to be permanently based overseas leaves Washington’s foreign deployments reliant on US-based rotational forces, with implications for the US Army.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Testing times ahead with North Korea

    03 April 2017.  While predicting the behaviour of Pyongyang may be a fool’s errand, North Korea is presently on track to at least match 2016’s 24 ballistic-missile tests as it develops new systems and carries out assurance firings of already fielded types.

  • Military Balance Blog

    After Norway’s submarine selection: challenges in a crowded market

    30 March 2017.  Growing European submarine fleets could offer opportunities to manufacturers. But competition is fierce, and emerging nations may soon compete for contracts.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Slingshot redux: Russia's alleged ground-launched cruise missile

    27 March 2017.  Thirty years after what appears to be its direct predecessor was banned as a result of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the United States claims that Russia has now deployed its first battalion of a ground-launched land-attack cruise missile (GLCM), breaching the three-decade old deal.

  • 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.

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