The Military Balance is an authoritative assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries. Detailed A–Z entries list each country’s military organisation, personnel numbers, equipment inventories, and relevant economic and demographic data. Regional and select country analyses cover the major developments affecting defence policy and procurement, and defence economics. The opening graphics section displays notable defence statistics, while additional data sets detail selected arms orders and military exercises, as well as comparative defence expenditure and personnel numbers. The Military Balance is an indispensable handbook for anyone conducting serious analysis of security policy and military affairs. The International Institute for Strategic Studies, founded in 1958, is an independent centre for research, analysis and debate on the problems of conflict, however caused, that have, or potentially have, an important military dimension.
'Amid continuing conflict and broadening insecurity, The Military Balance provides essential facts and analysis for decision-makers and for better informed public debate.' - Dr Robert M. Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense
'Because military affairs are inevitably clouded in fog, the IISS Military Balance is an essential companion
for those who seek to understand.' - Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, former Secretary-General of NATO
'The Military Balance is widely recognised as the best unclassified source of defense information on personnel, equipment and budgets for every country.' - Leon Panetta, former U.S. Secretary of Defense
Table of Contents
Editor's Introduction. Part 1: Capabilities, Trends and Economics Chapter 1: Conflict Analysis and Conflict Trends Chapter 2: Comparative Defence Statistics Chapter 3: North America Chapter 4: Europe Chapter 5: Russia and Eurasia Chapter 6: Asia Chapter 7: Middle East and North Africa Chapter 8: Latin America and the Caribbean Chapter 9: Sub-Saharan Africa. Chapter 10: Country Comparisons - Commitments, Force Levels and Economics Part 2: Reference Explanatory Notes. Reference.
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict. It is renowned for its annual Military Balance assessment of countries' armed forces and for its high-powered security summits, including the Shangri-La Dialogue. Its mission is to promote the adoption of sound policies to further global peace and security and maintain civilised international relations.