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Last Updated: 24th March 2011

The Military Balance

On Tuesday 08 March 2011 the IISS launched The Military Balance 2011, the annual assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 170 countries world-wide.

The Military Balance Journal Cover

The Military Balance 2011 contains region-by-region analysis of the major military and economic developments affecting defence and security policies and the trade in weapons and other military equipment. Comprehensive tables detail major military training activities, UN and non-UN deployments, and give data on key equipment holdings and defence economics, as well as defence-expenditure trends over a ten-year period.

The book also contains essays on the war in Afghanistan, unmanned aerial vehicles, and the military aspects of cyber security. Another essay on the modernisation of the Chinese defence industry is found in the Asia chapter. Throughout, readers will find maps showing selected deployments in Afghanistan; NATO's membership, cooperation and partnership programmes; new Russian military districts; Chinese military regions and major formations; how Brazil's national defence strategy is affecting its army and navy; and piracy off the coast of Somalia. The book examines wider defence developments in East Asia and Australasia; South and Central Asia; Latin America and the Caribbean; Europe; the Middle East and North Africa; and North America.

View The Military Balance 2011 online issue.


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