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NATO Member States Ranked by Military Strength

Established in April of 1949 as a counter to the Soviet threat in Europe, NATO still maintains an active presence in affairs around the world today.

NATO Member States Ranked by Military Strength

Established in April of 1949 as a counter to the Soviet threat in Europe, NATO still maintains an active presence in affairs around the world today.

OVERVIEW



Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, NATO ('North Atlantic Treaty Organization') was founded in 1949 by a collection of twelve world powers that included the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Canada. The group expanded in 1952 to include Greece and Turkey and then, again, in 1955 to formally introduce West Germany into the fold. 1982 saw Spain come aboard and the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland followed in a 1999 expansion effort. March 2004 introduced new members Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia until, finally, in 2009 Albania and Croatia were welcomed. Formed to counter the threat of Soviet expansion into Western Europe, NATO exists today as an impressive collective military power (at least on paper) with the capability to call on nearly 3.5 million personnel for combat and expenditures totaling over $900 million (USD) with the United States taking the lead both materially and financially.

For 2019 there are a total of 27 countries included in this listing. While there are officially twenty-eight total NATO members, Iceland and Luxembourg are not included in this list due to unmet conditions and minimums. Iceland does not officially maintain a standing army.


1
United States
PwrIndx: 0.0615
2
France
PwrIndx: 0.1584
3
United Kingdom
PwrIndx: 0.1797
4
Turkey
PwrIndx: 0.2089
5
Germany
PwrIndx: 0.2097
6
Italy
PwrIndx: 0.2277
7
Spain
PwrIndx: 0.3921
8
Canada
PwrIndx: 0.3941
9
Poland
PwrIndx: 0.4059
10
Greece
PwrIndx: 0.4955
11
Czechia
PwrIndx: 0.5119
12
Netherlands
PwrIndx: 0.6063
13
Norway
PwrIndx: 0.6103
14
Romania
PwrIndx: 0.6461
15
Bulgaria
PwrIndx: 0.7525
16
Denmark
PwrIndx: 0.7767
17
Hungary
PwrIndx: 0.7957
18
Slovakia
PwrIndx: 0.8181
19
Portugal
PwrIndx: 0.9611
20
Belgium
PwrIndx: 0.9633
21
Croatia
PwrIndx: 1.0067
22
Lithuania
PwrIndx: 1.3751
23
Slovenia
PwrIndx: 1.5186
24
Albania
PwrIndx: 1.5783
25
Latvia
PwrIndx: 1.8691
26
Estonia
PwrIndx: 2.1115
27
Montenegro
PwrIndx: 2.3173