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United States of America Military Strength

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/27/2014

Two costly wars and poor preparation for the short term has left the United States with many budgetary questions to answer heading into 2014.


The values showcased below are all considered for the final GFP ranking recognized as the "Power Index" (abbrv: "PwrIndx"). PwrIndx scores are judged on a perfect value of "0.0000" which is realistically unattainable due to the number of factors considered per country. Bonuses and penalties are added to each nation (as needed) while landlocked countries (ex: Austria) are not penalized for lack of a standing navy.

A total of 106 countries make up the GFP ranked list.

United States of America
PwrIndx: 0.2208

Going beyond military equipment totals and perceived fighting strength is the actual manpower that drives a given military. Wars of attrition favor those with more.

 Total Population: 316,668,567
 Available Manpower: 145,212,012
 Fit for Service: 120,022,084
 Reaching Military Age Annually: 4,217,412]
 Active Frontline Personnel: 1,430,000
 Active Reserve Personnel: 850,880

Tank value includes Main Battle Tanks, light tanks and tank destroyers, either wheeled or tracked. AFV value includes Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).

 Tanks: 8,325
 Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 25,782
 Self-Propelled Guns (SPGs): 1,934
 Towed-Artillery: 1,791
 Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 1,330

Includes both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft from all branches of service. All aircraft types accounted (UAVs, gunships, special mission, naval/carrier, trainers, etc).

 Total Aircraft: 13,683
 Fighters/Interceptors: 2,271
 Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 2,601
 Transport Aircraft: 5,222
 Trainer Aircraft: 2,745
 Helicopters: 6,012
 Attack Helicopters: 914

Aircraft Carrier value does not include dedicated "helicopter carrier" vessels. Total naval strength includes all known auxiliaries as well.

 Total Naval Strength: 473
 Aircraft Carriers: 10
 Frigates: 15
 Destroyers: 62
 Corvettes: 0
 Submarines: 72
 Coastal Defense Craft: 13
 Mine Warfare: 13

Despite the advances made in battlefield technology, oil remains the lifeblood of any fighting force.

 Oil Production: 8,500,000 bbl/day
 Oil Consumption: 19,000,000 bbl/day]
 Proven Oil Reserves: 20,680,000,000 bbl/day

War is as much a battle of logistics - moving man and machine from points all over - as it is direct combat. Labor Force reflects possible wartime industry strength.

 Labor Force: 155,000,000
 Merchant Marine Strength: 393]
 Major Ports and Terminals: 24
 Roadway Coverage: 6,586,610
 Railway Coverage: 224,792
 Serviceable Airports: 13,513

Regardless of military strength in numbers, war is still driven by financing as much as any one leader or weapon.

 Defense Budget: $612,500,000,000
 External Debt: $15,930,000,000,000
 Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold: $150,200,000,000
 Purchasing Power Parity: $15,940,000,000,000

 GEOGRAPHY (in km)
Geographical values primarily figure into a defensive-minded war (i.e. invasion).

 Square Land Area: 9,826,675 km
 Coastline: 19,924 km
 Shared Border: 12,034 km
 Waterways: 41,009 km

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

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