Top Ten Most Militarily Powerful Countries

The Top Ten

1 United States of America The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the ...read more.

Having spent 26 years in the Air Force and still working for the Air Force as a civilian, I can tell you that the United States is the world leader in logistics. Most wars are lost due to poor logistics. If you can't maintain a long supply line and get your troops where they need to be, your war effort will lose steam and you'll eventually lose. This happened to Napoleon, Santa Ana, Hitler and even Japan. The Romans even had to avoid over extending themselves. During the second Gulf War the US military had to halt it's move into Iraq to allow the supply line to catch up. Army's with poor logistics have to win wars quickly, or they risk losing. The United States knows this and fights long, extended wars to wear out the opponent. Unless, of course, we hit with a knock out punch during a police action. The point is, if your have poor logistics, everything else is academic.

Of course the United States has the strongest military don't listen to Russian or to India. The us has a top notch military.

Right off, after my twenty-one years of being alive here, having had a brother in the air force for three years, I am indeed a American who knows what he's talking about. The United States of America was founded in the past, like many other countries of today, due to one idea: Freedom. During this day and age, I do believe that the leaders/ways of the USA have somewhat struggled, tripped along with forgotten what exactly that word means. Nowadays, even in the USA's past, America has become a bit questionable. Is it truly a liberator like formerly thought... or is it more of a bully as thought now? I, personally, do not blame my fellow citizens here in the US for our failing image towards the rest of the world. And, truly, what country is perfect in image? Honestly, be you Russian, American, Chinese, Indian or whatnot, we're all human and we can't be that different. When it comes down to it, our leaders are responsible for our image and, hmf, when did that suddenly not matter? When did ...more

Funny how your history can start in the late 1940s and America is responsible for every event in the world! This nation had what size of a military in 1940?

As for the top comment for the USA concerning logistics, absolutely correct! Always said the great genius of the American military and it's greatest contribution to winning both world wars can be laid at the feet of our supply system! Without it, Germany wins! Even more amazing is the global reach it had and still was able to supply it's so called allies at the same time! Sure the commie Russians died in the multiple millions and bore the greatest personal hardships but they would have had a much worse time of it without the huge contribution our nation made. Not saying they were not important but saying all gad a part! The reverse can be said about Japan! Without the Russian attacks in Asia, I think history has shown the Japanese would have continued the fight even with our few nukes! The prospect of facing absolute ...more

we beat japan in the battle in pearl harbor thanks to the air force

2 India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. ...read more.

The fact that India never attacks anyone and it has successfully defended all its enemies takes India to the top

So, we're just going to forget about the British Raj and their occupation of India...

US has the tech but is too scared to actually use it and they have unnecessary, meaningless, pointless and completely wasteful wars. They think they are the liberators but they aren't.

India on the other hand is in the UN's list of militaries to help out at crisis. America is selling us the military tech too so it is pointless arguing.

US are not scared to use their technology. Not at all. In fact they use it even too much

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Its Like The Country Says

"who We Are Is Not Important"
"What We Are Is Important"

I have read almost all the comments of all the 10 countries and found that the people of USA are overconfident and this will surely take them down one day. It's not that Osama Bin Laden was genius but it's overconfidence of the Americans in believing that no1 can strike them deep inside their country. They rebuked us (Indians) on their comments but they forgot it's them to be rebuked of.. They forgot that war is not won by weapons, but by the courage, valour, self sacrifice... In their country everybody becomes a soldier, he should only have to qualify the physical criteria.. On the other hand, here in India, only the Jewels have been selected for the divine service to the motherland which these Americans won't be able to feel the emotions of an Indian soldier. Indian defense service personnel don't work for their salary, they sacrifice their life for MOTHER India. All that I came to know is that the Americans really don't know what we Indians and Russians are... They think they are ...more

I will have to agree, even though I am a US citizen and was born here. The US is losing is status in the world. Not because of is lack of allies and its economic stability, but because of the fact that we are the bullies of the world., when I was 12, I used to say to my parents that the country was nosy, sticking its nose in every other country's problems. In many was, I believe the US is responsible for a big portion of the world's problems. If we can't fit the status of sole super power of the world, maybe we should stop trying to hold on to in and give it to another country like china, Russia, India, etc. I think the time for American influence on the world is coming to an end. I just hope whoever rises in this country's place does not make the same mistakes that we have made or any other unsuccessful nations or empires have made. My tip is, try something new!

3 Russia Russia, known as the "Russian Federation", was formed on Dec 25, 1991. It is located mainly in Asia. The capital and largest city is Moscow, followed by Saint Petersburg in terms of population. The country primarily speaks Russian, a Slavic language.

Napoleon and Hitler each tried to hurt Russia, and the Russians were outnumbered both times, but Russia always won. Part of the Russian anthem is:"Our loyalty to the Fatherland gives us strength. ". All Russians are brothers, they will do anything to protect each other and Mother Russia.

Alexander the Great tried to invade India, but he failed. Just so you now, Alex was way stronger than Napoleon, although Russia has good army too and I will admit that.

Are you kidding me 5th! They have have enough nuclear power to make the world other than Russia a nuclear waste land. They have the toughest and the best training in the world. Also they have the spetznaz. The most powerful elite forces in the world. Russian soldiers are taught to be immune to pain. They are the best army in the world!
Plus they are plain awesome.

Rider99 is correct SAS would obliterate Spetsnaz but Russia is still a pretty powerful country. But, in the future India would be the most powerful country since its stats are on the rise and it will have a bigger economy than the USA in 2050.

Used to... but ever since the collapse of communism, it's nothing more than a frankenstein of it once was, I hate communism, but ya gotta admit it made a strong impact.

Russia is huge country with huge natural and other resources. Country has huge sacrifice (people and wealth) and contributed largely to liberate the Europe from Nazi force. Todays world must remember those with gratitude and honor.

Now world leaders are moving away from this harmony and peace. We must get back to establish peace and cooperation among the countries.

4 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1.388 billion. It was established in 1949 by Chairman Mao, the president of the communist party. Its capital is Beijing. The major cities are Shanghai, ...read more.

They are more advance in technologies

They are vy strict and focus a lot on military power. That's is what makes a powerful country or military!

Don't forget, Chinese were the ones who made gunpowder in the first place. Other nations should be thankful that China let others have the military they have now. Every soldier should have a gun, and China INVENTED GUNS.

Before you think "China is weak" of other BS, think about if China never exported it's gunpowder. Only China's army would have guns then. Everyone else would have bows and arrows and swords, while we would be shooting the crap out of you.

China does NOT have a paper army and their weapons do NOT fall apart. Those who claim they do are ignorant a-holes. China is the greatest Asian power, and will become a global military superpower among Russia and USA. They are way ahead of Japan economically now, and on the brink of surpassing USA as the economic superpower.

I agree, the US will lose it's status as sole superpower to china. It's bad for me to say this because I am an american citizen. I was born in this God forsaken country. "One nation, under God...", really, Most of the country has forgotten what that phrase even means. Either we get it together fast, and kick trump out of office, or just stop fighting the inevitable. Good Luck to what ever country takes our place. Be successful. - MHuber9616

Definitely a strong military today. Their soldiers are trained to jump through fire and have soldier spirit to fight. Hell, they could even beat the US if things went wrong. China's ground force gives it a significant advantage when they are on their own soil. Which is why an invasion of China is nearly impossible. If USA tries to land their soldiers on China via landing craft, well, the Americans won't get much troops onto China, if any. If Japan tried to invade China now, they would have to go through Korea or simply attempt to land soldiers on the Chinese coast. They won't get a single Japanese foot on Chinese soil this time. China is the only one with the ASBM, or carrier killer. Japan's navy uses everything they have against the Chinese missiles, but there will be just too many of them.

China is the most powerful military. Period.

5 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is ...read more.

The United Kingdom is still Technically the strongest country in the world. It is the biggest investor in each of the top five economically performing countries in the world (even more so than China), thus making it the second richest country in the world behind the US, is home to the world's financial trading center (London) of which it trades trillions in sterling world wide every day on the London Stock Exchange, and has the best regarded political relations world wide. The UK is also home to BAE Systems; The most advanced global company engaged in the development, delivery, and support of defense, security, and aerospace (Air, Sea, and Land) world wide.

The UK may not match other militaries in terms of size, but it can't anyway. Britain cannot support a military the same size as Russias or Chinas. What Britain can do is build the most technologically advanced fleet or warships in the world (Type 45 destroyer and Astute-Class submarine) and do what Britain has always done best, do what it can with what it has got, that's what has always given Britain the advantage.

Incredibly advanced, great military discipline. Probably the best navy in the world, at least second.

The weird thing is that anyone with a great military can get it out of the war until the RAF comes in - Unnamed Google User Remade

6 Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. ...read more.

Germany's military was good in world war 2 and they wanted to conker the world than

Germany has the third largest economy in the world, they have created some of the greatest weapons in history and of the modern world, like the StG44, which was copied by the Russians to make the AK47, and is the basis by which all assault rifles are created. Check the facts Germany almost always had the latest and greatest weapons of the time, After WW1 Germany was a third world country with only 100,000 soldiers, with in 18 years Germany was a global superpower with the largest military in the world, Germany has the potential to become modern superpower... And they have tanks that can run on cooking oil and biodiesel

They have a great moral and they are important for the NATO.

The German military invented a few things such as submachine guns, submarines, machine pistols, assault rifles, bolt action rifles, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, rocket powered aircraft which is jets, rifling, anti tank missile, anti tank rifle, and anti tank grenades whenever people think of Germany they think of the Nazis and they think all Germans are Nazis yeah that's not true people are just stupid ignorant and I'm an American not German at all but I'm rational and I know they're not all Nazis and I know they're not bad people and I know they have a strong military and they are very advanced.

7 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to ...read more.

Incredibly underrated they have a great navy and air force.

Until today, France is the first world superpower in Africa. The USA believes on France to protect Africa against the terrorism, Africa believes on France to train them, Europe believes on France to protect Europe conjointly with UK. They are also one of the most present on the world with a large number of bases in oceans and Africa.

France has 300 nuclear weapons and the French Foreign Legion, arguably the most elite force on earth. They are also one of the few nations with an aircraft carrier.

France is the 6th strongest country

8 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest. ...read more.

Japan.. Must lead.. Or maybe not cause Japan is peaceful already I'm not saying that they are tired already but they have lowest crime in the world and also I believe that they have strong military in the world than Korea.. Korea not not strong look they have been proven that Japan defeated Korea and China many times so Korea. You lose so shut your low brains their

They only have the lowest crime rate in world because they still deny their war crimes.

Is this a joke? I think Japan is better than Germany because Japan has more powerful navy and air power and technologies

It very powerful country.

Japan is the most powerful country

9 Israel The State of Israel is a country in the Middle East and the only country with a Jewish majority in the world but arab, african and east asian communities still can be found. ...read more.

Israel is the 4th powerful country in the world many people don't know that.

They have to be because no one likes them. Their only friend is the USA

I would say that they may not have had as much experience with full scale wars as the U.S. (because they only fight wars they have to) but they have pulled off far greater victories than any other army in modern history. And their special forces have more experience than any other army today.

This is the nicest place I've been to as a solo female traveller

Israel may not have the largest army. However, the quality of personnel their military has is of the highest caliber. Their officers and commandos are the most effective in the world. In addition, they train the United State's police officers and military personnel.

10 South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.

Every Korean male go to military around their 20s about 1 year and a half, so lots of people are trained.

North Korea may have more tanks and soldiers overall, but South Korea will still beat them because they are way more technologically advanced. Always go for quality over quantity!

Go! The country of a "peaceful quiet morning."(which makes it Cho Sun).

Actually Korea is a peaceful country. Despite of the loud and noisy neighbors(Japan China), this country was always reluctant to fight, so they have no history of invasion(except for the fights to take back of their lands).

When Korea was in a Cho Sun dynasty they had a history of attacking the Japanese Tsushima island to scold the Japanese pirates and conquered the island, but gave it back to Japan right away.

The ancestors of the Koreans are call sunbi. They wore white clothing and loved reading and walking through the mountains.

So if Japan is a country of samurai, Korea is a country of sunbi, which is totally the opposite character with samurai.

It's a bit sad for me that this country is a strong country these days. Because of the US and the Soviet Union, they've got split into two countries, and these two Korea is a threat to each other now, so South Korea became a strong ...more

South Korea is strong but still needs many more military areas for improvement. And it has managed to defeat some countries, but still relies on some help. I do agree that North Korea is strong but North Korea is very aggressive, I'm surprised it's in the UN. I think that Korea should improve but still is a respectably strong country. Nobody can ignore that. South Korea should keep growing!

The Contenders

11 Iran Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a sovereign state in Western Asia. The capital city is Teheran and the major city is also Tehran. The country's official language is Persian. ...read more.

Iran is on 2nd powerful military in the world

It is a powerful state that even the us is scared to pick on

Iran a Muslim country with largest, powerful, strongest army and have up to date guns, weapons, nuclear bombs and the powerful military country in Middle East and the army is so bravest and strong that it fights with with so bravery. PAK Iran ZINDABAD

The fact that Iran has protected itself successfully for more than 6000 years shows how powerful they are. Some of the contries on top are the ones that have been created 100 or 200 years ago. Some of them are so far away from other lands they owe their power to their geographical position. Iran is located in the middle of everything and has remained a big powerful empire.

12 North Korea The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, is a country in Eastern Asia. Its capital is Pyongyang. It is currently ruled by the dictator Kim Jong-Un, after inheriting the title from his father, Kim Jong-Il, who in turn inherited it from his father, Kim Il-Sung. ...read more.

Un less your brain traveled to mars north korea is tiny and can easily kill all these countries but the usa

Solidarity with the great and powerful anti imperialist country Democratic People's Republic of Korea

North Korea may not be the strongest current military but I think that if North Korea were to enter a war, they could have no problem drafting every single able bodied citizen into the military. The North Koreans are so brainwashed that they would do ANYTHING for their country, literally. North Korea already abuses human rights to the max, so they wouldn't have any problem forcing all of their people into the military. If they were to draft all of their able bodied people (which is very well possible), it would create a North Korean military of 20,000,000+

The only reason the North Koreans have such a large army is because the government gives the families of all military personnel free food, resulting in a fight or starve system. Most of them are malnourished and untrained at any form of combat. They have a tiny Air Force, no navy worth mentioning and less nuclear missiles than the USA has on one of it's submarines. So, no, they have one of the worst armies in the world. I doubt that without China helping them they wouldn't be able to take over Delaware.

13 Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million kmĀ²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, ...read more.

Us Canadians train the Americans in their combat skill

Canadians train Americans in there combat skill, our forces may be small, but the skill in a true Canadian could just be any countries ticket to hell. We never give up, never surrender, and will NEVER let anyone take our beautiful homeland!

I voted for Turkey but my mom is canadian so I voted and I will talk about Canada. Canada is a big country so they have a big chance of defending they're country and canadians have skill so they have a big chance of wining a lot of wars

Thank you cannadians for your moral support it was great to have somebody always complementing us

14 Vietnam Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia.

Did you know that "This" beat US and France and China in the past. With their will to do anything to protect their country and their unmeasured patriotic, bold. What kind of army can stand against those during "day and night"?. And their creative traps/weapons. The history have lighted it all

That was in the past though, we are ranking them now not back in time.

Hey I love Vietnam.

Why 21? Vietnamese had defeated powerful empires of Mongols, French, and Japanese. Also Vietnam defeated the US and huge dynasties of China

Their military system is so powerful! I mean South East Asia's Most powerful military system I really known in my whole life to make this country a peaceful & progressive one! Way to go!

15 Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. ...read more.

Italy ranks #8 based on military expenditure.

Italy is the 5th most important player in the NATO, the 5th contributor, the 2th by number of soldiers engaged in missions abroad.

Well positioned to hit the Middle East

India is a superpower of the smell!

16 Egypt Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula.

Spends a lot on their air force because they knwo that NO ONE would EVER be stupid enough to attack them on land. You would have to go through tons of desert just to get there, and I don't think anyhone has the will to do that.

HMM...

Egypt Air Force:

Receives 75% of military spending.

Really really overpowered!

Army/Marine Corps:

Receives the 25% left over.

Can still be pretty decent.

The Egyptian Army is the strongest Arab Army.

Egypt is the strongest Air Force in the Middle East along with Israel.

17 Turkey Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, ...read more.

Well with over 1 million military personnel available at any moment this is a large army not the largest but if you have a million soldiers against a nation with 2 million what if they are not all brave and loyal fighters numbers do not always make a difference. Well planned tactics always overall numbers this has been proven in many historic battles. However like only a few nations army service is compulsory in Turkey so once you hit 17/ 18 and not studying your in. if you study then you have to go back and do the service so imagine what numbers could be each year go by. Turkish economy us self sustained. They don't like too much help from other nations. With all the Middle East problems why nobody done anything to Turkey even though Turkey supplied aid in all the wars around it ( no military support). Turkey is placed in the best location for a Middle East war and all western and European nations will and have required Turkish and Cypriot resources to assist with there campaigns. ...more

Turkey has one of the most powerful army in the world and they're continued of Ottoman Empire. As you know, Ottoman Empire was the owner of the world formerly. Because of it, Turkey's soldiers are so experienced and well trained. Also they have special team called Marron Berets. They're best special team (you can Google it) in the world. Also Turkey so well advanced and civilize country. They've own weapons and planes etc.

Turkey is actually the 6th most powerful country in the world, the listing on other websites says so

Should be at top ten. Turkish military power is stronger than Pakistan and Israel.

18 England England, previously the Kingdom of England, is a constituent country of the United Kingdom along with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. ...read more.

They were the best until america became a thing

All powerful and all quiet, very English...

England does not have the dare to destroy India!

Just shut your mouth the English maybe powerful but they have destroyed the countries they have ruled. England sucks!

19 Philippines The Philippines was established in March 16, 1521 and named in honor of a Spanish King whose name is King Philip of Spain II. It is located at Asia, specifically at Southeast Asia. The capital is Manila. 89% of the people there currently are native, while 11% of people there are foreigners.

Has incredible beliefs in God who's their amazing weapon.

Philippines encountered much stronger country but we are still in stand...

It has the bravest military even though it has small army. And Philippines join the Allies in Korean war. And it's the most bravest country to join. With only 20, 000 soldiers. And it beated North Koreans and its soldiers has 100, 000 and Philippines has 45 casualties and the North Koreans has 30, 000 How. Strong is that?

Very powerful in Asian countries

20 Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region.

Brazilian army has the best jungle fighters in the world if they were in the Afghanistan war, have won.

We won all wars we participated.

We should be at least at top20

It's a powerful country

21 Singapore Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, and often referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City, and the Red Dot, is a global city and sovereign state in Southeast Asia and the world's only island city-state.

I'm Singaporean and during National Day the military showed of their weapons to the Malaysians

The entire country is protected by its citizen soldiers... Every inch of it...

Singapore is a pretty safe country thanks to our military.

Even though we don't have most, we have the kindest and best

22 Bangladesh Bangladesh, on the northern coast of the Bay of Bengal, is surrounded by India, with a small common border with Myanmar in the southeast. The country is low-lying riverine land traversed by the many branches and tributaries of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers.

Bangladesh is a very powerful country despite its small area. Its navy is very powerful indeed and its army is always well equipped. That's how it even won its liberation. More importantly it also fought for its mother tongue.

Bangladesh army is number 1 in peacekeeping un missions. So, we deserve a more powerful country.

Bangladesh is very small country but it has a powerful military. They can face any kinds of war or enemy. During Bangladesh India border war was a an important example, where around 23 Indian security force had been died by BDR.

LOL Bangladesh is a very powerful country? LOL What a joke! It cannot even feed its own people! How can it have a powerful military when its people are starving to death? It is like North Korea! LOL

23 Afghanistan Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located within South Asia and Central Asia.

Our nick name is the graveyard of empires Greece, England, Russia, and so much more we have deserted and if we weren't at war we will be as powerful as Iran and more powerful then Pakistan. I can't wait for the war to be over and I know when it is over we will be a powerful counter

They have been fighting United States for year. They were responsible for 9/11 which made the world terrified of.

Afghanistan spend his all life in war but in 14 last years that is growing up so in my idea Afghanistan is the best

They don't have any weapons but they are the most bravest people. They don't have money but they have dignity.

24 Spain Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the north African coast.

Than be a kid and don't mind adult business

I love Spain, my second favorite country

Spain is awesome ps I am a kid

25 Indonesia Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia. Ruled by the Dutch for over 300 years and Japan for 3 years and 6 months, the country gained independence in 1945, or exactly in 17th August 1945. Jakarta is the capital city, located in the island of Java. Major languages ...read more.

I belive Indonesian army are not afraid, besides Indonesian army is one strong piece of armed forces.

I LOVE Bangladesh BECAUSE powerful OF US

Indonesia is the best

Indonesia is not part of the Eastern and western blocks, Indonesian is peace states

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