The Military Balance, 2012

Title:                      The Military Balance, 2012

Author:                  James T Hackett

Hackett, James T. (2012) and International Institute for Strategic Studies. The Military Balance, 2012: The Annual Assessment of Global Military Capabilities and Defence Economics .London: Routledge for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2012.

OCLC:    857544012

UA15 .I57 2012

Date Posted:      January 29, 2016

Reviewed by Joshua Sinai[1]

The annually published The Military Balance is the preeminent and most authoritative assessment of the military capabilities and defense-related economies of some 170 countries around the world. Compiled by the prestigious London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), it is an indispensable resource for those involved in international security and defense policy-making, analysis and research. The volume’s first part includes general chapters on Arab militaries and the Arab “awakening,” military trends since 9/11, the war in Afghanistan, comparative defense statistics concerning defense budgets and expenditures, and top 10 submarine holdings. These are followed by chapters on defense and security trends in worldwide regions, accompanied by up-to-date detailed entries on each country’s military capabilities per service (e.g., army, navy, and air force), military equipment, and deployments. Of interest to the counterterrorism community is a table in the volume’s conclusion on significant terrorist groups around the world, which details their estimated size, the nature of their organization, training, and weaponry. The volume also includes a pull-out wall chart and world map that shows current areas of conflict, with explanatory tables.

[1] Sinai, Joshua, PhD. in The Intelligencer: Journal of U. S. Intelligence Studies (19, 1, Winter/Spring, 2013, pp.106-107 ). Dr. Joshua Sinai is a Washington-based educator and consultant on terrorism and counterterrorism studies. He has provided capsule reviews of important books recently published on terrorism and counter-terrorism-related topics. He can be reached at:

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