Global Defense Perspectives 2017

Updating the Map of Defense Prioritization and Posture in a Challenging World

Recent global events have further complicated an already complex global defense environment. And the nature of what defines today’s battlespace is evolving rapidly as cyber criminality and information warfare are increasingly leveraged. Within this context, some states are becoming more militarily assertive.

These wide-ranging security challenges leave defense leaders with tough choices. To better evaluate and understand these choices and the implications for global security, PwC has developed a new framework to assess nations against two primary parameters:

  1. How they prioritize defense spending.
  2. How they position or ‘posture’ themselves in the global security environment.

The 2017 Global Defense Map

We first introduced this framework in 2015 in our paper entitled Global Defense Perspectives. This update to that original paper illustrates how and why the nations on the map have shifted their positions over the last two years, and provides insight into the prospective shifts that we can anticipate in the future.

In this year’s report, we assess 71 nations and regions and focus analysis on those with the biggest shifts in defense prioritization and security posture or, in other words, those with the biggest movement on the map. The nations assessed in this report include the world’s top 50 defense-spenders and a group of 21 additional nations selected for their global or regional significance (such as Syria, NATO nations and Jordan).

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Steven Kershaw

Global Government Defence Sector, Partner, PwC United Kingdom

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