The Change In Global Strategic Balance: Current Status and Trends in Military Power of Selected Countries


The aim of this article is to provide comparison of the main indicators of military power among the individual EU countries, between the EU in total and the U.S., and the comparison of the world's biggest military powers. Current evolvement of changes in military power indicates the shift of the centre of gravity aiming prevailingly eastward towards raising and growing economical powers. Due to the differences of various input data, multiple information sources used for comparison are significantly different. In addition, it is difficult to get them for some isolated countries, the results of which are sometimes only estimated. The study also includes information on the main importers and exporters of the military equipment, as well as the estimation of future trends.

Ing. Vladimír Šilhan, CSc., MSc, Col. (Ret.), born in 1950, Military Academy Brno, studies for MSc in Great Britain. He served in the Geographic Service of the Czech Armed Forces; 1999-2003 in the Military Staff of the Western European Union, Brussels, Belgium, and after that in the staff of a CIMIC Group North, the Netherlands. 2003-2006 chief of Concepts and Analyses Section, and deputy chief of the Doctrine Centre, Training and Doctrine Directorate (SpD ŘeVD). At the same time he also served as a liaison officer for cooperating with our British doctrinal and concept counterparts. When retired, in the years 2006-2008 he worked at the Defence Policy and Strategy Division of MoD (SOPS MO), as the head of division of strategic support to decision-making. Simultaneously he served as the main national representative for the Czech Republic to the Panel of Systems Analyses and Studies, NATO Research and Technology Organization, and as an advisor to the Advisory NATO Group for Development of Concepts and Experiments. From 2008 till 2011 he was a defence advisor of Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union, and also represented the Czech Republic in the Board of Trustees of the European Satellite Centre (EUSC). At present, he works at Branch of Education, Personnel Division, MoD.

Country: Czech Republic


Latest from Šilhan Vladimír

Leave a comment