Burke Chair on Military Balance

The military balance project provides frequently updated data and analyses on the global military balance, with dedicated efforts focused on regional balances as well. These studies summarize the global military balance in graphic and tabular form as well as extensive analysis of real-world warfighting capabilities. The studies are divided by region and subregion and cover the trends in conventional forces, nuclear forces, arms proliferation, military efforts and spending, procurement and arms import activity, force modernization, and force quality.

The project focuses on the following military balances:

  • Asia
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • NATO and Europe
  • Global Nuclear Balance
  • Proliferation of WMD

Each balance differs in content to reflect the varying tensions and force trends in each respective region. The individual balances are also tailored to support qualitative as well as quantitative analysis, as well as analysis of arms control issues. In some regions, notably the Middle East, the military data are supplemented by extensive data on economic, demographic, and energy trends.

Major Works

The North African Military BalanceThe North African Military Balance Force Developments in the Maghreb




Latest Works

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More Burke Chair on Militrary Balabce Publications

In addition to several published books that can be purchased online from the CSIS Press, the project focuses on the steady development of working documents that are revised on an ongoing basis. As a result, all of the material provided in this section should be regarded as working material that is subject to update.  To provide suggestions corrections to any material, please send your comments to the Office of the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at BurkeChair@csis.org.



  • Iranian Missile Test Launch

    The Burke Chair at CSIS has prepared a detailed analysis of the history and character of  U.S. and Iranian strategic competition as part of a project supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation.