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24 May 06. The Military Balance: 2006 Publication. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) published (24 May 06) the latest edition of The Military Balance. As well as descriptions of the Armed Forces of 169 countries/states this invaluable reference book examines Iran’s Defence Industry, the maritime security challenges in South East Africa and the increasing role of private security companies.
Comment: Publication in May, rather than October, is an interim measure. IISS intends to publish ‘The Military Balance’ during February in future, starting in 2007. Copies of the 2006 edition (ISBN 1-85743-399-9) are available from: Routledge Journals, Sheepen Place, Colchester, CO3 3LP for £95:00. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0622, 05 Jun 06)

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