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Countries Ranked by Military Strength (2014)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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The GFP list makes use of over 50 factors to determine each nation's Power Index ("PwrIndx") score. This provides the final ranking and allows smaller, technologically-advanced, nations to compete with larger, lesser-developed ones. Some bonuses (and penalties) are added for refinement. In the end, we hope it presents an unbiased outlook on the potential conventional military strength of a given country if only to stir some healthy debate.


Things to keep in mind:


• Nuclear capability is NOT taken into account
• Geographical factors influence every country's ranking
• Ranking does not solely rely on total number of weapons available
• Natural resource reliance (use/production) is taken into account
• Land-locked nations are NOT penalized for lack of a standing navy
• Naval powers ARE penalized for limited naval capabilities
• Current political/military leadership is NOT taken into account


As of 04/03/2014 there are a total of 106 countries included in the GFP database. Due to the amount of data involved, adjustments are ongoing and corrections still being considered.

1
United States of America
PwrIndx: 0.2208
2
Russia
PwrIndx: 0.2355
3
China
PwrIndx: 0.2594
4
India
PwrIndx: 0.3872
5
United Kingdom
PwrIndx: 0.3923
6
France
PwrIndx: 0.4706
7
Germany
PwrIndx: 0.4899
8
Turkey
PwrIndx: 0.5171
9
South Korea
PwrIndx: 0.5536
10
Japan
PwrIndx: 0.5581
11
Israel
PwrIndx: 0.5887
12
Italy
PwrIndx: 0.5991
13
Egypt
PwrIndx: 0.6122
14
Brazil
PwrIndx: 0.6663
15
Pakistan
PwrIndx: 0.7369
16
Canada
PwrIndx: 0.7432
17
Taiwan
PwrIndx: 0.7564
18
Poland
PwrIndx: 0.7565
19
Indonesia
PwrIndx: 0.8008
20
Australia
PwrIndx: 0.8253
21
Ukraine
PwrIndx: 0.8255
22
Iran
PwrIndx: 0.8891
23
Vietnam
PwrIndx: 0.8962
24
Thailand
PwrIndx: 0.9287
25
Saudi Arabia
PwrIndx: 1.0035
26
Syria
PwrIndx: 1.0036
27
Switzerland
PwrIndx: 1.0278
28
Spain
PwrIndx: 1.0791
29
Sweden
PwrIndx: 1.1029
30
Czech Republic
PwrIndx: 1.1656
31
Algeria
PwrIndx: 1.1698
32
Netherlands
PwrIndx: 1.1703
33
Mexico
PwrIndx: 1.1843
34
Belgium
PwrIndx: 1.2754
35
North Korea
PwrIndx: 1.2893
36
Austria
PwrIndx: 1.2974
37
Philippines
PwrIndx: 1.3042
38
Malaysia
PwrIndx: 1.3143
39
Norway
PwrIndx: 1.3137
40
Ethiopia
PwrIndx: 1.3229
41
South Africa
PwrIndx: 1.3467
42
United Arab Emirates
PwrIndx: 1.4216
43
Denmark
PwrIndx: 1.4379
44
Singapore
PwrIndx: 1.4699
45
Yemen
PwrIndx: 1.4874
46
Croatia
PwrIndx: 1.5255
47
Nigeria
PwrIndx: 1.5261
48
Uzbekistan
PwrIndx: 1.5309
49
Finland
PwrIndx: 1.5361
50
Azerbaijan
PwrIndx: 1.5864
51
Romania
PwrIndx: 1.5863
52
Belarus
PwrIndx: 1.5921
53
Portugal
PwrIndx: 1.6061
54
Colombia
PwrIndx: 1.6234
55
Argentina
PwrIndx: 1.6242
56
Bangladesh
PwrIndx: 1.6281
57
Greece
PwrIndx: 1.6341
58
Chile
PwrIndx: 1.6523
59
Peru
PwrIndx: 1.6926
60
Serbia
PwrIndx: 1.7131
61
Hungary
PwrIndx: 1.7148
62
Venezuela
PwrIndx: 1.7343
63
Kenya
PwrIndx: 1.7689
64
Georgia
PwrIndx: 1.7848
65
Morocco
PwrIndx: 1.8499
66
Tunisia
PwrIndx: 1.8635
67
Jordan
PwrIndx: 2.0189
68
Iraq
PwrIndx: 2.0406
69
Oman
PwrIndx: 2.0647
70
Bulgaria
PwrIndx: 2.1731
71
Slovakia
PwrIndx: 2.1745
72
Mongolia
PwrIndx: 2.2401
73
Angola
PwrIndx: 2.2599
74
Kuwait
PwrIndx: 2.2997
75
Ecuador
PwrIndx: 2.3045
76
Afghanistan
PwrIndx: 2.3071
77
Nepal
PwrIndx: 2.3242
78
Libya
PwrIndx: 2.3353
79
Sudan
PwrIndx: 2.3465
80
Kazakhstan
PwrIndx: 2.3557
81
Bahrain
PwrIndx: 2.4485
82
Qatar
PwrIndx: 2.4841
83
Lebanon
PwrIndx: 2.5221
84
Cambodia
PwrIndx: 2.5798
85
New Zealand
PwrIndx: 2.5907
86
Sri Lanka
PwrIndx: 2.5918
87
Democratic Republic of the Congo
PwrIndx: 2.6642
88
Uganda
PwrIndx: 2.6895
89
Paraguay
PwrIndx: 2.7651
90
South Sudan
PwrIndx: 2.7689
91
Bolivia
PwrIndx: 2.7841
92
Nicaragua
PwrIndx: 2.9674
93
Ghana
PwrIndx: 2.9726
94
Slovenia
PwrIndx: 3.0535
95
Zimbabwe
PwrIndx: 3.0955
96
Estonia
PwrIndx: 3.2487
97
Cameroon
PwrIndx: 3.3009
98
Panama
PwrIndx: 3.3131
99
Zambia
PwrIndx: 3.5013
100
Somalia
PwrIndx: 3.5462
101
Uruguay
PwrIndx: 3.6352
102
Laos
PwrIndx: 3.7683
103
Lithuania
PwrIndx: 3.8281
104
Mozambique
PwrIndx: 4.1026
105
Madagascar
PwrIndx: 4.2547
106
Tanzania
PwrIndx: 4.3423

Partial Sources: CIA.gov, CIA World Factbook, wikipedia.com, public domain print and media sources and user contributions. Some values may be estimated when official sources are lacking.

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