The Military Balance in Asia, 1990-2011
May 16, 2011
The Burke Chair has updated its analysis of the military balance in Asia released late last year. This report traces developments in the balance since 1990, and provides a detailed comparison of military forces as of 2011. It is titled "THE MILITARY BALANCE IN ASIA, 1990-2011: A Quantitative Analysis" and is available on the CSIS web site at http://csis.org/files/publication/110516_South_Asia-AsiaMilitaryBalance2011.pdf
The report focuses on force strength, and does not attempt to make a narrative analysis. It does, however, address force quality as well as force quantity by showing the comparative strength of key equipment affecting force quality.
It is divided in to ten sections, covering the range of possible comparisons from a focus on major Asian powers to US forces normally deployed in the region, and comparative nuclear capable forces. It provides regional break outs for Northeast Asia, the Taiwan Straits, Southeast Asia, and South Asia - including comparisons of India and Pakistan.
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