Search for Data

Data Sources by Topic

All Indexes & Rankings

Find Index

Global Demography


Population Aging

Public Health




Policy, Society, Culture 

Global Financial System


Conflict, War, Strategy

Country Profiles

City Data & Statistics

Data on Africa

Data Sources: Institutions

All Statistical Offices  

All Central Banks

Selected "Think Tanks"

"Deep Web" Sites

Other Institutions with Data

Economic Research Centers

Intelligence / Surveillance

Data Visualization








Mobile Version

Privacy Policy

Data on Conflict, War & Military Strategy

Updated: 31 January 2015


U.S. Army

U.S. Air Force


U.S. Army
Research Laboratory

The Soufan Group

The Soufan Group provides strategic security intelligence services to governments and multinational organizations. Our training programs, security services, and research insights arm our clients with the essential knowledge and skills to prepare for, manage and respond to constantly evolving security needs. TSG is headquartered in New York, with regional offices in London, Doha, and Singapore, as well as operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

Stockholm International Peace Research

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. Based in Stockholm, SIPRI also has presences in Beijing and Washington, DC and is regularly ranked among the most respected think tanks worldwide. SIPRI was established on the basis of a decision by the Swedish Parliament and receives a substantial part of its funding in the form of an annual grant from the Swedish Government.

International Institute
for Strategic Studies

The International Institute for Strategic Studies was founded in the United Kingdom in 1958 with a focus on nuclear deterrence and arms control. Today, it is also renowned for its annual Military Balance assessment of countries' armed forces and for its high-powered security summits, including the Shangri-La Dialogue. A registered charity headquartered in London, the IISS also has offices in Washington, Singapore and Manama, Bahrain. The IISS is a non-partisan organisation, independent of government and other bodies.

Center for Strategic and International Studies
Center for Strategic and Intern. Studies

The Center for Strategic and International Studies is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center’s 220 full-time staff and large network of affiliated scholars conduct research and analysis and develop policy initiatives that look to the future and anticipate change. Former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn has chaired the CSIS Board of Trustees since 1999. John J. Hamre became the Center’s president and chief executive officer in April 2000. CSIS was founded by David M. Abshire and Admiral Arleigh Burke.

Peace Research
Institute Oslo

Founded in 1959, the Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway (PRIO) is an independent research institution known for its effective synergy of basic and policy-relevant research. In addition to such research, PRIO conducts graduate training and is engaged in the promotion of peace through conflict resolution, dialogue and reconciliation, public information and policymaking activities. PRIO conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people. Researchers at PRIO work to identify new trends in global conflict.

International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence

The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence is producing first class, rigorous research to educate the public and help policymakers and practitioners find more intelligent solutions in dealing with radicalisation and political violence. ICSR was launched in January 2008 and is independent and non-partisan. ICSR undertakes no classified research for governments or international organizations. The Institute partners with the King’s College London; the University of Pennsylvania; the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel); the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy; and Georgetown University. ICSR is also affiliated with the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi and the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies in Islamabad.

Institute for the
Study of War (USA)

The Institute for the Study of War advances an informed understanding of military affairs through reliable research, trusted analysis, and innovative education. They are committed to improving the nation’s ability to execute military operations and respond to emerging threats in order to achieve U.S. strategic objectives. ISW is a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization in Washington, The institute was founded by DC. Dr. Kimberly Kagan in May 2007, as U.S. forces undertook a new counterinsurgency strategy to reverse the grim security situation on the ground in Iraq.




Advertisement: Smart books from Amazon.com

P.W. Singer / Allan Friedman (2014)
Cybersecurity and Cyberwar. What Everyone needs to know.
Oxford University Press

P.W. Singer (2009)
Wired for War. The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century
Penguin Books

Richard Whittle (2014)
Predator. The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution.
Henry Holt & Co.

Jay Sekulow / Jordan Sekulow (2014)
Rise of ISIS. A Threat We Can't Ignore.
Howard Books

In Association with Amazon.com


Data on Armed Conflict (Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway)

This is a dataset of armed conflicts, both internal and external, in the period 1946 to the present. The Armed Conflict Dataset is primarily intended for academic use in statistical and macro-level research.

UCDP/PRIO Armed Conflict Dataset (1946-2008)
Geo-referenced Conflict Site Dataset
Data on Religious Cleavages and Civil War
Battle Death Data
Onset and Duration of Intrastate Conflict

The Military Balance  (International Institute for Strategic Studies - IISS, UK)

The Military Balance is the IISS annual assessment of the military capabilities and defense economics of 171 countries worldwide. It list each country’s military organization, personnel numbers, equipment inventories, and relevant economic and demographic data. Regional and select country analyses cover the major developments affecting defense policy and procurement, and defense economics.   More ...

Commentary: The full report (The Military Balance 2014) is rather expensive.

Global Militarization Index  (Bonn International Center for Conversion, Germany)

The Global Militarization Index (GMI) attempts to objectively depict worldwide militarization since 1990. The index compares a country’s military expenditure with its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and its health expenditures. It contrasts the total number of military and paramilitary forces in a country with the number of physicians. Finally, it studies the number of heavy weapons available to a country’s armed forces. These and other indicators are used to determine a country’s ranking.   More ...

Armed Conflict Database  (International Institute for Strategic Studies - IISS, UK)

The Armed Conflict Database (ACD) monitors armed conflicts worldwide, focusing on political, military and humanitarian trends in current conflicts, whether they are local rebellions, long-term insurgencies, civil wars or inter-state conflicts.   More ...

Comment: Data available only through rather expensive subscription.

Global Peace Index (Vision of Humanity, Institute for Economics and Peace, New York, Sidney)

The Global Peace Index ranks the nations of the world according to 22 qualitative and quantitative indicators of peace. The index measures levels of internal and external conflict, safety of citizens, and levels of militarization. The lower the score, the more peaceful the country.   More ...   More ...

Global Terrorism Index (Vision of Humanity, Institute for Economics and Peace, New York, Sidney)

The Global Terrorism Index measures the impact of terrorism in 158 countries. To account for the lasting effects of terrorism, each country is given a score that represents a five year weighted average. More ...  

Global Firepower Ranking (GlobalFirepower)

Index ranking of (non-nuclear) military strength of more than 100 countries.

Comment: More for entertainment than serious research.




Thomas C. Schelling (2008)
Arms and Influence.
Yale University Press
Original: 1966

Tom Schelling is the most significant nuclear strategist of the past half-century.

Thomas C. Shelling (1981)
The Strategy of Conflict.
Harvard University Press Original: 1960

Robert Axelrod (2006)
The Evolution of Cooperation: Revised Edition.
Basic Books

Jay McCullough (2010) The Ultimate Guide to U.S. Army Combat: Skills, Tactics, and Techniques. Skyhorse Publishing

John M. Collins (2001) Military Strategy: Principles, Practices, and Historical Perspectives. Potomac Books

In Association with Amazon.com


U.S. Military Personnel and Expenditures (United States Census Bureau)

2012 data on military and civilian expenditures, military personnel on active duty, military reserve personnel, active duty military deaths, military personnel on active duty in selected foreign countries, and others.

U.S. Active Duty Military Strength and other statistics (United States Department of Defense)

Selected personnel statistics of the U.S. Department of Defense.


Copyright © 2014, 2015 by Gerhard K. Heilig. All rights reserved.

Updated: 20 May 2015