Military Balance IISS 2014 report just published

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) launched The Military Balance 2014  on Wednesday 5 February 2014.

The Military Balance is The International Institute for Strategic Studies’ annual assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries worldwide. It is a detailed list of each country’s military organisation, personnel numbers, equipment inventories, and relevant economic and demographic data.

This year edition covers the major development affecting defence policy and procurement, and defence economics, not only in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, but also in Latin America, Russia, North America and Africa.

Part I contains essays that analyse important defence trends or debates. In particular, specialist essays focus on trends in conflict analysis, notably lessons from modern conflicts in terms of threats and required capabilities; unmanned systems, increasingly prevalent in many armed forces and likely to proliferate further; and the cyber domain.

Regional chapters begin with an overview of the military issues facing the region, trends observed during the preceding year and regional defence economics, followed for select states by country-specific analysis of defence policy and capability issues, and defence economics.

The chart of conflict is updated for 2014 and usefully illustrates the distribution and duration of conflicts that dominate life for governments and societies across the world.


Source: The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

For more information please click here. 

Watch the launch event online: Military Balance 2014 Launch

Algeria Prepares To Receive LPD Amid Defense Spending Boost

Algeria’s defense spending spree shows no sign of abating as the North African country gets set for a September delivery of a new amphibious ship from Italy. Algeria is also reportedly preparing to receive three Chinese frigates in 2015 as well as buying a new Italian minesweeper.

In January, Italian shipyard Fincantieri launched the 8,800-ton, 143-meter-long landing platform dock (LPD) Kalaat Beni-Abbes at its Riva Trigosa yard, with handover to the Algerian Navy scheduled for September at the Navy’s Taranto base in southern Italy.

Based on the design of the Italian LPD San Giusto, the ship has been built by a joint venture of Fincantieri and Italy’s Finmeccanica.

Source: Defense News.

Read the full article at this link.



Australia swings to the right

Australia turned in on itself on September 7th, bringing a nasty right wing Coalition back into power after seven years, although it will not be in control of both Houses of Parliament, only the House of Representatives.  Read more…




Guns, Debt and Corruption: Military Spending and the EU

Report by Frank Slijper of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (Campagne tegen Wapenhandel)

“Five years into the financial and economic crisis in Europe, and there is still an elephant in Brussels that few are talking about. The elephant is the role of military spending in causing and perpetuating the economic crisis. As social infrastructure is being slashed, spending on weapon systems is hardly being reduced. While pensions and wages have been cut, the arms industry continues to profit from new orders as well as outstanding debts. The shocking fact at a time of austerity is that EU military expenditure totalled €194 billion in 2010, equivalent to the annual deficits of Greece, Italy and Spain combined.”

To read the full report, click here.

Also see the excellent infographic!