Top Ten Most Militarily Powerful Countries
If the United States of America cut their yearly military budget in half, they would have enough money to give every single person in the world 100 dollars, or every single American citizen 2500$. Wow, do they waste so much money on a military they don’t need. Obviously they are number one here
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.
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
All the president has to do is press a red button and type a few codes in and in the matter of seconds, every other country in the world will crumble. United States is the only country in the world with nuclear missile defenses.
The only reason they are having difficulties in the Middle East is because of US citizens. If they wanted, they could fight the entire war with drones and unmanned artillery, but the American people find too much controversy with it. If you were to give them some sort of incentive to use them though, such ass attack them on their soil, they wouldn't hesitate to use them. The only reason they disagree with drone strikes is because they don't feel any threat from the enemy.
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.
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
TRUE! India is the most powerful country today, why? It's the fact that India has NEVER attacked any other country ever, and always defended against others. When China attacked India, Indian soldiers had no boots, and hardly any ammo. They had to walk in the snow and still fought off the Chinese. When England ruled over India, the act of non-violence by Mahatma Gandhi scared the British and sent them back to their own country. India is powerful, hosting the most powerful armies in the world.
But what does USA do? The USA are super cunning. For example (this has happened before) They sell arms to Afghan and Iraq and brainwash both counties to fight against eachother, and this is how US think.
I think India is very poor, shameless, worthless, and the most dare less country it is because having such a large and powerful army, airforce as well as navy it can't tackle with other countries such as our neighbour country Pakistan, always violating the loc laws. But it is not because of our forces are lazy but it is because of the corrupted leaders of the country who always want money and money always making several scams. If we continue to be such a shamless, coward country a day will come we will be destroyed not by others but only by our neighbouring country Pakistan and that day is not too far.
The Russian army slowed down once USSR collapsed. However Russia is still hard to invade because of geography and having 7000 nukes.
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.
Hey, I understand why America, England and China is in here. But...RUSSIA? I mean, they don’t even have a CARRIER. And China has two. Shouldn’t Russia be more behind in the list?
Russia has a large population and the most advanced tanks and aircraft in the world. In addition, according to a military expert, such a large land area makes it impossible to conquer, and the troops can always retreat further into Russia. It also has the most fire power in the world, with the largest and most developed nukes, and other bombs. In my opinion, Russia should be second after the USA (which there's not much point in voting for; it's already at the top), and placing it below India is stupid.
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.
Her troops are volunteers NOT conscripts. They WANT to serve.
Read this nations history.
Read how this tiny fractured nation, after her subjects were taken for slaves- (read about the Barbary Corsairs) refused to bow down again.
She has taken knocks, she has taken falls, she has been knocked out, bombed and battered - but she - and her people, will ALWAYS rise up.
A main nuclear power. Unarguably amongst the very very finest special forces soldiers in the world - SAS, SBS, Pathfinders. Intimate knowledge of every battleground terrain and tactics through hundreds of years of warfare.
The Royal Marines (Formed - 1664) - The longest infantry training through NATO.
A source of pride through every single Briton.
Conquered 1/4 of the world and 1/3 of all the people on the planet. Huge economy ranking 7th in the world and yet is the 22nd largest country by population resulting is fewer people to protect yet maintains a defense budget of 42 billion one of the highest in the world. Most of the countries on this list were ruled by the British and are economy is growing rapidly now and we certainly will not be a weak country ever. Even by 2050 where most of the LEDC countries will have progressed and have populations much bigger than the UK; we are predicted never to leave the top 10 largest economies and our military is only expanding since we have recently bought a new aircraft carrier1
People seem to think cause Britain is a small island it can't be a power, rubbish, being an island is a strength in terms of being much harder to invade. We are part of the eu another powerhouse. We have debaitabley the best army in the world only behind the US who no one could deny have the strongest army it's just obvious. We are also friends with America and probably always will be, although I am from the UK I do get embarrassed about the stupid special relationship people bang on about, I think we should have a so called special relationship with France Germany and in my eyes our best friends Australia first and foremost.
A great army is a great army, the Chinese have many people in their troops and their machines and weapons are now a lot more advanced. This sure is a formidable army, I hope the tension between the US and China gets better because of these two global superpowers start fighting again, it would be like the end of the world. Good luck to China’s further development, and may she one day become the major superpower, above the US
The US are only in first because they attack weaker countries way more often and in unnecessary times. On the other hand, the Chinese are trying very hard to save their resources to use not on fighting, but on their people.
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.
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.
When people think anything german, their brains go to Nazis. But that's not them, that was a guy who made everyone become evil. But today, They are good People. Even though they created a lot of stuff when they were Nazis, Like Jets and Ballistic missles. Their army today is not bad.
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.
I think the German army is understimated. They don't own the highest amount of troops, neither do they have nuclear power. But as I heard they are able to create nuclear weapons within minutes. I mean, they are the country which led to the invention of the atomic bomb. And even if they are selling thir high developed tanks and so on to other states, doesn't mean they have already achieved new weapons, none of their allies knows about. I think the German perfectionism makes them one of most feared enemy you could have. Remember WWII, if the war would have lasted longer without the US signing a war declaration, with it's nearly infinite amount of resources in relativity to Germany, the country could have fought all enemies off, just by more advanced techniques.
Not first place but still to mention.
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 don't a Really big army, but they keep up to date with the weapons. And sence they are allied with Us, Germany and Britan and much more, they could win quite a few wars as long as they get help form another countries.
France is the strongest European military power aside maybe Russia because of its high tech weapons (a lot of them are the most advanced in the world in quality and are poduced by France which is an important weapon exporter). I know that some other western European countries such as Great Britain and Germany are too military powers but they are so much less involved than France!
And it's the most involved country in actual conflicts with USA.
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.
Very few countries have the capabilities of, on one hand, nuclear response at any time anywhere in the world and, on the other hand, rapid and massive conventional forces projection anywhere in the world. Plus a main army that is capable of resisting to any attack to the country. All that with top and national technology.
It is obvious that if your surrounded by people who hate you, you need to be super tough. Just like Israel. This si a Small country but still super powerful.
Such a small country, with so many enemies, and still survives. It's the 8th or 9th most powerful army in the world but as a country it's number 1!
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.
Israel has the QUALITY military force, its soldiers are very well trained and experienced too, it has a good air force too, and its special forces is BADASS! It is a small country, and all of its Islamic neighbors never defeated Israel in war, Israel remained as a sovereign state when it was created after the WWII.
Survived for 22,000 years without being successfully invaded. They did get defeated, by the USA dropping nukes on them, but even the Mongols couldn’t conquer them. And the mongols basically did nothing BUT conquer.
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
If you all think about it, almost every war so far that japan has been in so far, they've been behind in technology. Then they go and study their heads off and become insanely strong.
Look at WW2, and if we end up in WW3, Japan will without a doubt be one of the global superpowers when it comes to what technology.
Is this a joke? I think Japan is better than Germany because Japan has more powerful navy and air power and technologies
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!
Since it is in the constant danger of war, South Korea has a very strict and strong military. Japan cannot be in the list. Why? Because after WW2, Japan vowed he will not make any more aggressive military products. They can make defense strategies, but not a real military. South Korea has a lot of high tech weapons due to its electronical power. K1a1, battle-hardened soldiers with k2 AR, F15 and f35, apache's... an unstoppable power of military
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!
You know your tough when your nickname is Fortress Iran. And due to the fact that they are developing Nukes, the fortress might be radioactive.
I am Iranian and I am proud to be Iranian
Iran 2500 because was the strongest country in the world.
The Iranian nation has the power to see and be seen
Unfortunately Dvqrn useless Shah of Iran, Iran's 5,000-year history destroyed
But this weakness was continued until 30 years ago, when the uprising began Khomeini took power in Iran again.
The world witnessed the full power during the eight years of holy defense failed to capture even an inch of Iranian soil
We really should be praised Iran for 8 years, the world's leading powers stood rape
And the inexhaustible power of Iran's proud
And I know that no country has no medicinal invasion of Iran because Iran has the absolute power
This is no exaggeration, the truth
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.
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
Just to wonder why North Korea is not in the list of top 10. North Korea have strong army forces. They have strong discipline of unity in military. North Koreans were brainwashed to serve their leader like a God. Propaganda lead North Koreans to live as a patriotic citizens. North Korean armies were well trained to become an elite due to their mind contains the hatred of Americans. They were born to hate Americans since kindergarten, they don't have feeling in their life. Their senior judge and criticize them are wrong then they have to accept it then self improvement. North Korea is just like a large prison camp that citizens never know about the truth of outside world.
The government in North Korea just concentrate their main development in nuclear weapon. They also purchase a lot of military weapons from China and Russia.
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.
North Korea’s army is very weak.
It might have the size but Size doesn’t matter because it only has tanks like old Soviet T-55s and old Chinese Type 59s.
It’s air and sea aren’t much different, it’s helicopters and planes suck, and their sea isn’t that good either, with only mine warfare to slow the USA down, giving them an advantage
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!
Canada's infantry is trained the same way as the navy seal and I'm fairly sure they are "Elite". So if American "Elite" soldier are trained like our regular soldiers. How good are the Canadian Elite soldiers then?
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
Just tell me how many wars we've surrendered in. I can tell you it's none or just next to. Our army isn't big, but it is powerful, well trained, and highly skilled. All this and we use our army mainly for peace.
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
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!
I wouldn't think that Vietnam actually won the war against China (nobody won) but we kicked a lot of ass that time. Same goes with the USA, we beat the Americans
They're 5 feet tall, and pop out of gopher holes with machine guns. They're jungles are like the Russian winter: Just don't invade. They're in pretty good shape
Turkey’s military collapsed with the Ottoman Empire. I don't think they would exist if NATO wasn’t there unless they attacked Greece or something I don't know
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.
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 beat overall numbers. This has been proven in many historic battles. However like only a few nation's army service is compulsory in Turkey so once you hit 17/18 and not studying, you're 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 is 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 ...more
The Navy and MB7(Maroon Berets 7) is the number one in Western Europe. Check out the Global Fire Power for more information. The army of Turkey using the most modernized and high tech weaponry of 21st Century. It's an honorable member of both NATO and UN. The MB7 also trains Mossad and U. S ground troops in Incirlik military base. Turkish army kept growing since 80's.
In the glorious days of Axis advancement, Nazi Germany and Japan were capturing countries like candies, Italian army has lost tremendous amount of land in Africa and Europe under Mussolini. In 1940, while british were being air-raided horrifically, Italian army not only lost the north Africa, but they have also surrendered to the British in amounts of 20-40 thousand soldier and tens of tanks in every city along the Mediterranean coastline.
That was the glorious days of 'united' Italian army. You think the story is different now? NO! A summer in mid 2000s, Italian army were to join a NATO exercise in Norway. But they have almost landed on a town in Sweden which has a similar name with the norwegian town that the exercise happening. This sounds like a foolish joke, right! It's insane that this has happened.
Besides Italian army weren't effective in Libyan 'civil war', in spite of their geological advantage and as a major member of NATO.
Lastly, Italy is very well ...more
Italian are not courageous people and deeply lazy. Last time they have been involved it was during the Mussolini's Empire, they wanted to expanded like Roman Empire but they failed. They just want to defend themselves by mocking the other ones which are not Italians.
Definitively out of the game.
Come on! These guys are very good at tatics, have very great tanks and are on the final step to nuclear power. They have a butload of naval ships, like ten times the size of Australia's navy. They also have a lot of really well made vechies tanks and weapons. Finally, there training is very strict, which makes there army awesome. PLEASE PUT THEM ON THE TOP TEN
Italy is the 5th country in terms of importance and contribution within NATO,
And it's part of the 'NATO Quint Group' (USA, Germany, France, Italy, UK), the most influential countries in the Western Hemisphere.
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.
Egypt Air Force:
Receives 75% of military spending.
Really really overpowered!
Receives the 25% left over.
Can still be pretty decent.
They have a very large air force. I think most of their spending is on aircraft, but that does give them a huge advantage over opponents, especially those that don't even have an airforce.
Most powerful African country with 10th largest armed forces in the world..though technologically inferior to israel.The military hardware is not bad.
I would say that England should not be in this list as we already have the UK on this. and UK is Ireland+Scotland+Whales and England so no point at having England alone here.
Just shut your mouth the English maybe powerful but they have destroyed the countries they have ruled. England sucks!
They were the best until america became a thing
England does not have the dare to destroy India!
Strong, but not strongest. It can be completely destroyed by a nuke, which l guess America or China have. The army is really small. Korea, Japan, China, America, India and Russia can god-stomp Singapore.
Not that strong, that's why we make friends with other countries. Cause they will protect us. If no country is with us, we would be so weak. I think Russia, UK, China, 'Merica, India, Japan, South and North Korea can Stomp is like really hard.
The entire country is protected by its citizen soldiers... Every inch of it...
Singapore is a pretty safe country thanks to our military.
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 is going to one of most powerful countries. It has a vast amount of adult people which rate is the most in the world. In upcoming future this country will rise with economy and powerful foreign relationships...
Everybody takes Bangladesh commando lightly. But the axiom is Bangladesh commando is highly trained though they have not very well equipped. If they were well equipped they can compete any commando forces.
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.
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.
They don't have any weapons but they are the most bravest people. They don't have money but they have dignity.
Well. I think Afghanistan will be at top next year. I am proud of Afghanistan
I hope Afghanistan will be the richest country in the world.
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
WHAT!. Why is Indonesia 78th best in the world. Tjey are clearly top 30 in tje world... Do you guys read history... They are actually the 19th best in the world. Sure they don't have any nuclear power but they have the best troops and tje best weopons. The troops have been train to be great which they are. That is why Indonesia should be at least number 7 in this list
I belive Indonesian army are not afraid, besides Indonesian army is one strong piece of armed forces.
Sure, because the numbers of citizen so big reflects the powerful army must be strong enough ASEAN territory.
Indonesia have though and fearless soldier.
Even without modern tools, they still can survive in any situation.
It has spent 1.6billion dollars on military
Has some of the toughest trained troops out there, well equiped too ridiculous there this low...
Norway has one of the world's best armies. They can easily beat Sweden any time.
Hey, They got enough money to by weapons, and have many military allies!
Because it's a cool country and I live here
SWEDENS ARMY SUCKS