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 useful resource for those involved in security policy making, analysis and research.
The Military Balance 2011 examines key global issues, including:
- the development of Iraq's security forces
- the debate over NATO's strategic concept and operations in Afghanistan
- developments in China's People's Liberation Army
- international comparison of defence expenditure and military manpower.
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 major military training activities, UN and non-UN deployments, and information on key equipment holdings and defence expenditure trends over a ten year period
Analysis: significant military and economic developments
Wallchart: detailed world map that shows current areas of conflict, with explanatory tables
The new edition features the 2011 Chart of Conflict.
‘The Military Balance is the unique and vital resource on which informed public debate of the world's armed forces is founded.’- William S. Cohen, former U.S. Secretary of Defense
'Quite simply the definitive resource on current military and strategic affairs.' - Choice