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Countries Ranked by Military Strength (2015)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/1/2015

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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 final GFP 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 economic health for each country is taken into account
• Current political/military leadership is NOT taken into account


As of 04/01/2015 there are a total of 126 countries included in the GFP database.

1
United States of America
PwrIndx: 0.1661
2
Russia
PwrIndx: 0.1865
3
China
PwrIndx: 0.2315
4
India
PwrIndx: 0.2695
5
United Kingdom
PwrIndx: 0.2743
6
France
PwrIndx: 0.3065
7
South Korea
PwrIndx: 0.3098
8
Germany
PwrIndx: 0.3505
9
Japan
PwrIndx: 0.3838
10
Turkey
PwrIndx: 0.4335
11
Israel
PwrIndx: 0.4974
12
Indonesia
PwrIndx: 0.5231
13
Australia
PwrIndx: 0.5281
14
Canada
PwrIndx: 0.5625
15
Taiwan
PwrIndx: 0.5671
16
Italy
PwrIndx: 0.5735
17
Pakistan
PwrIndx: 0.6122
18
Egypt
PwrIndx: 0.6214
19
Poland
PwrIndx: 0.6688
20
Thailand
PwrIndx: 0.6833
21
Vietnam
PwrIndx: 0.7024
22
Brazil
PwrIndx: 0.7063
23
Iran
PwrIndx: 0.7619
24
Sweden
PwrIndx: 0.8075
25
Ukraine
PwrIndx: 0.8214
26
Singapore
PwrIndx: 0.8584
27
Algeria
PwrIndx: 0.8695
28
Saudi Arabia
PwrIndx: 0.8702
29
Czech Republic
PwrIndx: 0.8748
30
Switzerland
PwrIndx: 0.8942
31
Mexico
PwrIndx: 0.9071
32
South Africa
PwrIndx: 0.9233
33
Norway
PwrIndx: 0.9327
34
Austria
PwrIndx: 0.9444
35
Malaysia
PwrIndx: 0.9612
36
North Korea
PwrIndx: 1.0232
37
Netherlands
PwrIndx: 1.0281
38
Spain
PwrIndx: 1.0641
39
Denmark
PwrIndx: 1.0994
40
Philippines
PwrIndx: 1.1085
41
Nigeria
PwrIndx: 1.1597
42
Syria
PwrIndx: 1.1677
43
Chile
PwrIndx: 1.1724
44
Myanmar
PwrIndx: 1.1811
45
Belarus
PwrIndx: 1.1917
46
Ethiopia
PwrIndx: 1.2009
47
Argentina
PwrIndx: 1.2364
48
Finland
PwrIndx: 1.2427
49
Morocco
PwrIndx: 1.2431
50
United Arab Emirates
PwrIndx: 1.2479
51
Peru
PwrIndx: 1.2698
52
Colombia
PwrIndx: 1.2783
53
Bangladesh
PwrIndx: 1.2894
54
Uzbekistan
PwrIndx: 1.2989
55
Belgium
PwrIndx: 1.3258
56
Romania
PwrIndx: 1.3741
57
Portugal
PwrIndx: 1.4192
58
Tunisia
PwrIndx: 1.4449
59
Hungary
PwrIndx: 1.4558
60
Slovakia
PwrIndx: 1.4951
61
Croatia
PwrIndx: 1.5033
62
Venezuela
PwrIndx: 1.5172
63
Azerbaijan
PwrIndx: 1.5211
64
Jordan
PwrIndx: 1.5729
65
Greece
PwrIndx: 1.6161
66
Kazakhstan
PwrIndx: 1.6197
67
Bulgaria
PwrIndx: 1.6704
68
Kenya
PwrIndx: 1.6835
69
Oman
PwrIndx: 1.6836
70
Serbia
PwrIndx: 1.6935
71
Kuwait
PwrIndx: 1.7336
72
Ecuador
PwrIndx: 1.7491
73
Sri Lanka
PwrIndx: 1.7556
74
Armenia
PwrIndx: 1.8223
75
Georgia
PwrIndx: 1.8423
76
Angola
PwrIndx: 1.8579
77
Qatar
PwrIndx: 1.8829
78
Kyrgyzstan
PwrIndx: 1.8901
79
Yemen
PwrIndx: 1.9271
80
New Zealand
PwrIndx: 1.9474
81
Tajikistan
PwrIndx: 1.9884
82
Niger
PwrIndx: 2.0079
83
Bahrain
PwrIndx: 2.1049
84
Nepal
PwrIndx: 2.1581
85
Mongolia
PwrIndx: 2.1841
86
Lebanon
PwrIndx: 2.2241
87
Latvia
PwrIndx: 2.2481
88
Bolivia
PwrIndx: 2.2487
89
Bosnia and Herzegovina
PwrIndx: 2.2804
90
Turkmenistan
PwrIndx: 2.3069
91
Uganda
PwrIndx: 2.3122
92
Lithuania
PwrIndx: 2.3231
93
Chad
PwrIndx: 2.3587
94
Guatemala
PwrIndx: 2.3811
95
Zimbabwe
PwrIndx: 2.3968
96
Cambodia
PwrIndx: 2.4028
97
Ivory Coast
PwrIndx: 2.4641
98
Democratic Republic of the Congo
PwrIndx: 2.4897
99
Slovenia
PwrIndx: 2.5034
100
Albania
PwrIndx: 2.5324
101
Sudan
PwrIndx: 2.5529
102
Afghanistan
PwrIndx: 2.5748
103
Ghana
PwrIndx: 2.5913
104
Honduras
PwrIndx: 2.5972
105
Central African Republic
PwrIndx: 2.6089
106
Paraguay
PwrIndx: 2.6167
107
Nicaragua
PwrIndx: 2.6402
108
Estonia
PwrIndx: 2.6746
109
Uruguay
PwrIndx: 2.7763
110
Cuba
PwrIndx: 2.8157
111
El Salvador
PwrIndx: 2.8578
112
Iraq
PwrIndx: 2.8583
113
Namibia
PwrIndx: 3.0909
114
Panama
PwrIndx: 3.1522
115
Madagascar
PwrIndx: 3.2231
116
Republic of the Congo
PwrIndx: 3.2754
117
Laos
PwrIndx: 3.2976
118
Gabon
PwrIndx: 3.3889
119
Cameroon
PwrIndx: 3.4577
120
Tanzania
PwrIndx: 3.5526
121
South Sudan
PwrIndx: 3.5782
122
Libya
PwrIndx: 3.5828
123
Zambia
PwrIndx: 3.6389
124
Mali
PwrIndx: 3.7381
125
Mozambique
PwrIndx: 3.8105
126
Somalia
PwrIndx: 5.7116

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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