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Ranked: Military Strength of Nations, 2020 (Comparing Global Armed Forces)

The 2020 military strength ranking brings the USA in the first place of the list, the Russia second and the China third. The USA is ranked first out of 138 countries holding a PwrIndx rating of 0.0606. The United States retains its top spot as the undisputed military power in the world – both numerically and technologically. Total military personnel of USA is estimated at about 2,260,000 while the airpower total strength rating is 13,264, the highest among the 138 countries of the list.

The Global Firepower utilizes over 50 individual factors to determine a given nation’s Power Index (PwrIndx) score with categories ranging from military might and financials to logistical capability and geography.

The Russian military continues to make strides towards modernization – and in-the-field experience in Syria has helped. Russia is holding a PwrIndx rating of 0.0681. Total military personnel of Russia is estimated at about 3,013,628 while the airpower total strength rating is 4,163, the second-highest among the 138 countries of the list. Russia has 12,950 tanks, a number that brings the country first place at the list regarding land forces.

Chinese military continues to grow alongside a local burgeoning Military-Industrial Complex. For 2020, China is ranked 3 out of 138 countries holding a PwrIndx rating of 0.0691. Total military personnel of Russia is estimated at about 2,693,000 while the airpower total strength rating is 3,210, the third-highest among the 138 countries of the list. Chine has 3,500 tanks, a number that brings the country 7th place at the list regarding land forces.

India comes 4th in the list holding a PwrIndx rating of 0.0953. The mighty Indian military is one of the top five powers in the world – though growing civilian unrest is shifting the focus within. Total military personnel of India is estimated at about 3,544,000 while the airpower total strength rating is 2,123, the 4th highest among the 138 countries of the list. India has 4,292 tanks, a number that brings the country 5th place at the list regarding land forces.

Japan is ranked 5th out of 138 countries holding a PwrIndx rating of 0.1501. The country continues to look to the future and viable solutions to growing regional problems – namely the threat from North Korea. Total military personnel of Japan is estimated at about 303,160 while the airpower total strength rating is 1,561, the 6th highest among the 138 countries of the list. Japan has 1,004 tanks, a number that brings the country 21st place at the list regarding land forces.

For 2020, South Korea is ranked 6th out of 138 countries holding a PwrIndx rating of 0.1509. Under the ever-present threat of its unpredictable northern neighbor, South Korea manages a large and powerful military force.

France takes the 7th place of the list holding a PwrIndx rating of 0.1702. France remains a top-level military power with the internal capability to develop and produce any solution it requires. The next one is the United Kingdom holding a PwrIndx rating of 0.1717. It remains to be seen what BREXIT means for the future of Britain – but its fighting forces remain one of the world’s best.

Egypt takes the 9th place of the list holding a PwrIndx rating of 0.1872. Brazil takes the 10th place holding a PwrIndx rating of 0.1988.

For 2020, Greece is ranked 33 out of 138 countries holding a PwrIndx rating of 0.5311. Growing tensions with neighboring Turkey have placed the Greek military on notice heading into 2020.

At the bottom of the list are Bhutan and Liberia.

Military Strength of Nations, 2020

RankCountryPower Index
1United States0.0606
2Russia0.0681
3China0.0691
4India0.0953
5Japan0.1501
6South Korea0.1509
7France0.1702
8United Kingdom0.1717
9Egypt0.1872
10Brazil0.1988
11Turkey0.2098
12Italy0.2111
13Germany0.2186
14Iran (Islamic Republic of)0.2191
15Pakistan (Islamic Republic of)0.2364
16Indonesia0.2544
17Saudi Arabia0.3034
18Israel0.3111
19Australia0.3225
20Spain0.3388
21Poland0.3397
22Vietnam0.3559
23Thailand0.3571
24Canada0.3712
25North Korea0.3718
26Taiwan0.4008
27Ukraine0.4457
28Algeria0.4659
29South Africa0.4985
30Switzerland0.5259
31Norway0.5277
32Sweden0.5304
33Greece0.5311
34Czechia0.5531
35Myanmar0.5691
36Netherlands0.5919
37Colombia0.6045
38Mexico0.6065
39Romania0.6177
40Peru0.6219
41Venezuela0.6449
42Nigeria0.6485
43Argentina0.6521
44Malaysia0.6546
45United Arab Emirates0.7034
46Bangladesh0.7066
47Chile0.7668
48Philippines0.7852
49Denmark0.7878
50Iraq0.7911
51Singapore0.7966
52Uzbekistan0.8086
53Belarus0.8179
54Hungary0.8215
55Syria0.8241
56Angola0.8379
57Morocco0.8408
58Slovakia0.8466
59Finland0.8498
60Ethiopia0.8581
61Portugal0.8612
62Bulgaria0.8916
63Kazakhstan0.9098
64Azerbaijan0.9463
65Serbia0.9479
66Austria0.9568
67Bolivia0.9942
68Ecuador1.0062
69Croatia1.0183
70Belgium1.0499
71Democratic Republic of the Congo1.1389
72Jordan1.1441
73Cuba1.2208
74Yemen1.2412
75Oman1.2514
76Sudan1.3017
77Turkmenistan1.3292
78Afghanistan (Islamic Republic of)1.3444
79New Zealand1.3684
80Libya1.3696
81Tunisia1.4619
82Sri Lanka1.4661
83Lithuania1.4752
84Kenya1.5287
85Kuwait1.5701
86Uganda1.6176
87Chad1.6383
88Zambia1.6464
89Georgia1.6679
90Qatar1.6703
91Zimbabwe1.7577
92Guatemala1.8302
93Bahrain1.8547
94Tajikistan1.8661
95Uruguay1.8909
96Mali1.8941
97Burkina Faso1.9009
98Kyrgyzstan1.9244
99Ireland1.9481
100Slovenia1.9496
101Cameroon1.9902
102Latvia2.0145
103Niger2.0153
104Ivory Coast2.0236
105Mongolia2.0299
106Ghana2.0554
107Cambodia2.0557
108Botswana2.0582
109Tanzania2.0651
110Honduras2.0943
111Armenia2.1251
112Moldova2.1291
113Paraguay2.1898
114Nicaragua2.2747
115Albania2.3137
116Mozambique2.3364
117South Sudan2.3501
118Lebanon2.5193
119Estonia2.5893
120Dominican Republic2.7504
121Republic of the Congo2.9509
122Nepal2.9891
123Montenegro2.9941
124Mauritania (Islamic Republic of)3.0477
125Madagascar3.0869
126El Salvador3.1291
127North Macedonia3.1808
128Namibia3.2817
129Central African Republic3.2889
130Gabon3.3736
131Laos3.4433
132Panama3.6537
133Bosnia and Herzegovina3.8586
134Sierra Leone4.2063
135Suriname4.6042
136Somalia4.6404
137Liberia5.5737
138Bhutan10.1681

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Maria Gourtsilidou
Maria Gourtsilidou is Senior Editor of Research and Data Analytics at the CEOWORLD magazine. She is responsible for driving thought leadership, using data analytics to showcase the company’s products and services, and fostering knowledge sharing between CEOWORLD magazine and client organizations. She studied Public Administration (Economics Of The Public Sector) in Greece and holds a Bachelor’s in Public Administration from the Panteion University of Political & Social Studies. Follow Maria Gourtsilidou on Twitter. Write at maria-gourtsilidou@ceoworld.biz.