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2017 United States Military Strength


Current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of United States.

Each military power detailed on GlobalFirepower.com is judged on individual as well as collective factors when it comes to waging a prolonged campaign against another. The numbers are calculated through our in-house formula to produce the PwrIndx (PowerIndex) value which is used in the final ranking. Note that some values are estimated when official numbers are not available. ©2006- www.GlobalFirepower.com

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National flag  United States (USA)
United States is currently ranked 1 (of 133) countries considered for the annual GFP review. It maintains a PwrIndx rating of 0.0857. (0.0000 being perfect)


Manpower - Going beyond military equipment totals and perceived fighting strength is the actual manpower that drives a given military force. Wars of attrition traditionally favor those with more manpower to a given effort.
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Total Population
323,995,528

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Manpower Available
145,215,000

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Fit-for-Service
120,025,000

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Reaching Military Age
4,220,000


Total Military Personnel
2,363,675

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Active Personnel
1,373,650

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Reserve Personnel
990,025



Air Power - Includes both fixed-wing and rotary-wing (helicopter) aircraft from all branches of service (Air Force, Navy, Army). Air power is just one important component of the modern military force. Attack Aircraft represents fixed-wing and dedicated forms as well as light strike types (some basic and advanced trainers fill this role). Some fighters can double as attack types and vice versa - this is how multi-role aircraft can be of considerable value. Transport and Trainer aircraft include both fixed-wing and rotary-wing types. EXTERNAL LINK: Aircraft throughout the military history of United States
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Total Aircraft Strength
13,762

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Fighter Aircraft
2,296

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Attack Aircraft
2,785

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Transport Aircraft
5,739

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Trainer Aircraft
2,831

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Total Helicopter Strength
6,065

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Attack Helicopters
947



Army Strength - Tank value includes Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) and light tanks (a few remain in service) as well as those vehicles considered "tank destroyers". There is no distinction made between all-wheel and track-and-wheel designs. Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) value includes Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) as well as Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs). EXTERNAL LINK: Armor and Artillery throughout the military history of United States
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Combat Tanks
5,884

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Armored Fighting Vehicles
41,062

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Self-Propelled Artillery
1,934

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Towed Artillery
1,299

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Rocket Projectors
1,331



Navy Strength - Aircraft Carrier value includes both traditional aircraft carriers as well as "helicopter carrier" warships (the latter growing in popularity worldwide). Cruisers are no longer tracked due to their declining value on the world stage. Submarines value includes both diesel-electric and nuclear-powered types. Total Naval Assets is not simply a sum of the presented navy ship categories - instead it includes all showcased types along with any known / recognized auxiliary vessels (not tracked individually by this site). EXTERNAL LINK: Warships and Submarines throughout the military history of United States
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Total Naval Assets
415

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Aircraft Carriers
19

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Frigates
8

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Destroyers
63

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Corvettes
0

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Submarines
70

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Patrol Craft
13

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Mine Warfare Vessels
11



Natural Resources (Petroleum) - As much as any weapon system is vital to an ongoing military campaign, wars still rely on the availability of natural resources, namely petroluem (oil). BBL/DY = Barrels Per Day.
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Production (bbl/dy)
8,653,000

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Consumption (bbl/dy)
19,000,000

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Proven Reserves (bbl)
36,520,000,000



Logistics - War is as much a battle of logistics, moving man and machine from-to points all over, as it is direct combat. A quantitative/robust Labor Force also adds to available wartime industry.
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Labor Force
158,600,000

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Merchant Marine Strength
393

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Major Ports / Terminals
24

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Roadway Coverage (km)
6,586,610

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Railway Coverage (km)
224,792

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Serivecable Airports
13,513



Finance - War goes beyond simple physical "strength-in-numbers", relying heavily on financing and effort as much as any one piece of hardware fielded. All values presented in USD ($).
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Defense Budget
$587,800,000,000

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External Debt
$17,910,000,000,000

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Foreign Exchange / Gold
$117,600,000,000

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Purchasing Power Parity
$18,560,000,000,000



Geography - Geographical values primarily figure into a defensive-minded war (i.e. invasion) but can also aid a nation when responding to such an act.
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Square Land Area (km)
9,826,675

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Coastline (km)
19,924

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Shared Borders (km)
12,048

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Waterways (km)
41,009





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.


NOTES:
The values showcased above are all considered for the final GFP ranking recognized as the "Power Index" (abbrv: "PwrIndx"). PwrIndx scores are judged against a perfect value of "0.0000" which is realistically unattainable due to the number of factors considered per country. Balance is the key - a large, strong fighting force across land, sea and air backed by a resilient economy and defensible territory along with an efficient infrastructure - such qualities are those used to round out a particular nation's total fighting strength on paper; it is not enough to field 10 million men or 20,000 tanks or lead the world in oil production.

Each nation's final ranking also carries with it bonuses and penalties as needed while landlocked countries (ex: Austria) are not penalized for lack of a standing navy - though they do suffer a penalty for not maintaining a viable merchant marine force.

It bears repeating that nuclear weapons are NOT taken into account for this listing. Powers are based on conventional weaponry in inventory as well as other factors such as economic strength, border size, self-sustainability (in regards to wartime resources such as oil), water access etc...