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.
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Watch the launch event online: Military Balance 2014 Launch