The Military Balance is The International Institute for Strategic Studies’ annual assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 170 countries worldwide. It is an essential resource for those involved in security policymaking, analysis and research.
The book is a region-by-region analysis of the major military and economic trends and developments affecting security policy and the trade in weapons and other military equipment.
This edition includes a review feature on European and US defence industries, an essay entitled ‘Unmanned aerial vehicles: current developments and future utility’, a review of developments in Iraq’s security forces, among other regional texts. Its comprehensive list of tables now includes the air capability of the US and Russia as well as deployment figures, by country, of personnel deployed on United Nations and non-UN peace support operations. There are maps showing the operational situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Darfur region of Sudan, and developments in Russia’s early warning radar system.
Region-by-region analysis: major military issues affecting each region, changes in defence economics, weapons and other military equipment holdings and the trade in weapons and military equipment
Comprehensive tables: key data on weapons and defence economics, such as comparisons of international defence expenditure and military manpower
Analysis: significant military and economic developments
Wallchart: detailed world map that shows current areas of conflict, with explanatory tables
The Military Balance is currently noted in the following abstracting/indexing services: CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts; PAIS: Public Affairs Information Service and Research Base Online.