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The Military Balance 2019
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Contents
Indexes of Tables, Figures and Maps 4
Editor's Introduction 5
Part One Capabilities, Trends and Economics
Domain trends........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................7
Chapter 1 Defence and military analysis .....................................................................................................................................................................9
Sixty years of The Military Balance 9; Challenges in nuclear-arms control: past and present 13;
Quantum computing and defence 18
Chapter 2 Comparative defence statistics...............................................................................................................................................................21
Defence budgets and expenditure 21; Soviet (VVS and PVO) and Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS), 1989-2018 23;
Brigade structures: China, Russia and the United States 24; Principal advanced anti-air-warfare surface combatants and
operators, 1998-2018 25; Key defence statistics 26
Chapter 3 North America.......................................................................................................................................................................................................28
Regional trends in 2018 28; Armed forces data section 44;
United States: defence policy and economics 30; Arms procurements and deliveries 63
Canada: defence policy 42;
Chapter 4 Europe.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................66
Regional trends in 2018 66; UK: defence policy 82;
Regional defence policy and economics 68; Armed forces data section 87;
North Atlantic and the High North 77; Arms procurements and deliveries 163
Sweden: defence policy and economics 78;
Chapter 5 Russia and Eurasia ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 166
Regional trends in 2018 166; Armed forces data section 184;
Russia: defence policy and economics 168; Arms procurements and deliveries 219
Belarus: defence policy and economics 178;
Chapter 6 Asia ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 222
Regional trends in 2018 222; Thailand: defence policy and economics 242;
Regional defence policy and economics 224; Armed forces data section 247;
China: defence policy and economics 232; Arms procurements and deliveries 317
Japan: defence policy 241;
Chapter 7 Middle East and North Africa................................................................................................................................................................ 320
Regional trends in 2018 320; Gulf region: training and sustainability 329;
Regional defence policy and economics 322; Armed forces data section 332;
Iraq: rebuilding the armed forces 327; Arms procurements and deliveries 377
Chapter 8 Latin America and the Caribbean...................................................................................................................................................... 380
Regional trends in 2018 380; Mexico: defence policy 391;
Regional defence policy and economics 382; Armed forces data section 393;
Chile: defence policy and economics 387; Arms procurements and deliveries 436
Chapter 9 Sub-Saharan Africa ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 438
Regional trends in 2018 438; Armed forces data section 451;
Regional defence policy and economics 440; Arms procurements and deliveries 501
South Africa: defence policy and economics 446;
Part Two Reference
Explanatory notes........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 503
Principal land definitions 507; Principal naval definitions 508; Principal aviation definitions 509
List of abbreviations for data sections ............................................................................................................................................................................... 511
International comparisons of defence expenditure and military personnel ........................................................................................... 513
Index of country/territory abbreviations.......................................................................................................................................................................... 519
Index of countries and territories ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 520

About the Author

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict. It is renowned for its annual Military Balance assessment of countries' armed forces and for its high-powered security summits, including the Shangri-La Dialogue. Its mission is to promote the adoption of sound policies to further global peace and security and maintain civilised international relations.

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'Because military affairs are inevitably clouded in fog, the IISS Military Balance is an essential companion for those who seek to understand.' - Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, former UK Defence Secretary and Secretary-General of NATO

'Amid continuing conflict and broadening insecurity, The Military Balance provides essential facts and analysis for decision-makers and for better informed public debate.' - Dr Robert M. Gates, former US Secretary of Defense and Director of Central Intelligence

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