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2019 Military Strength Ranking (BETA)

The complete Global Firepower list for 2019 puts the military powers of the world into full perspective.

2019 Military Strength Ranking (BETA)

The complete Global Firepower list for 2019 puts the military powers of the world into full perspective.

OVERVIEW



The finalized Global Firepower ranking utilizes over 55 individual factors to determine a given nation's PowerIndex ('PwrIndx') score. Our unique, in-house formula allows for smaller, more technologically-advanced, nations to compete with larger, lesser-developed, ones. Modifiers (in the form of bonuses and penalties) are applied to further refine the list. A perfect PwrIndex score is 0.0000 (realistically unattainable in the scope of the current GFP formula). View notes here.

United States
1
PwrIndx: 0.0615
Russia
2
PwrIndx: 0.0639
China
3
PwrIndx: 0.0673
India
4
PwrIndx: 0.1065
France
5
PwrIndx: 0.1584
Japan
6
PwrIndx: 0.1707
South Korea
7
PwrIndx: 0.1761
United Kingdom
8
PwrIndx: 0.1797
Turkey
9
PwrIndx: 0.2089
Germany
10
PwrIndx: 0.2097
Italy
11
PwrIndx: 0.2277
Egypt
12
PwrIndx: 0.2283
Brazil
13
PwrIndx: 0.2487
Iran
14
PwrIndx: 0.2606
Indonesia
15
PwrIndx: 0.2804
Israel
16
PwrIndx: 0.2964
Pakistan
17
PwrIndx: 0.3087
North Korea
18
PwrIndx: 0.3274
Australia
19
PwrIndx: 0.3277
Canada
20
PwrIndx: 0.3912
Spain
21
PwrIndx: 0.3921
Taiwan
22
PwrIndx: 0.3956
Vietnam
23
PwrIndx: 0.3988
Poland
24
PwrIndx: 0.4059
Saudi Arabia
25
PwrIndx: 0.4286
Thailand
26
PwrIndx: 0.4302
Algeria
27
PwrIndx: 0.4551
Greece
28
PwrIndx: 0.4955
Ukraine
29
PwrIndx: 0.5082
Czechia
30
PwrIndx: 0.5119
Sweden
31
PwrIndx: 0.5263
South Africa
32
PwrIndx: 0.5405
Switzerland
33
PwrIndx: 0.5459
Mexico
34
PwrIndx: 0.5574
Netherlands
35
PwrIndx: 0.6063
Norway
36
PwrIndx: 0.6103
Myanmar
37
PwrIndx: 0.6162
Argentina
38
PwrIndx: 0.6274
Belarus
39
PwrIndx: 0.6418
Romania
40
PwrIndx: 0.6461
Malaysia
41
PwrIndx: 0.6523
Peru
42
PwrIndx: 0.6841
Venezuela
43
PwrIndx: 0.6931
Nigeria
44
PwrIndx: 0.7007
Bangladesh
45
PwrIndx: 0.7156
Colombia
46
PwrIndx: 0.7157
Ethiopia
47
PwrIndx: 0.7361
Uzbekistan
48
PwrIndx: 0.7365
Bulgaria
49
PwrIndx: 0.7525
Syria
50
PwrIndx: 0.7644
Denmark
51
PwrIndx: 0.7767
Azerbaijan
52
PwrIndx: 0.7791
Iraq
53
PwrIndx: 0.7813
Kazakhstan
54
PwrIndx: 0.7908
Hungary
55
PwrIndx: 0.7957
Austria
56
PwrIndx: 0.8007
Chile
57
PwrIndx: 0.8054
Angola
58
PwrIndx: 0.8154
Singapore
59
PwrIndx: 0.8161
Slovakia
60
PwrIndx: 0.8181
Morocco
61
PwrIndx: 0.8244
United Arab Emirates
62
PwrIndx: 0.8555
Finland
63
PwrIndx: 0.8661
Philippines
64
PwrIndx: 0.8862
Bolivia
65
PwrIndx: 0.9139
Ecuador
66
PwrIndx: 0.9451
Portugal
67
PwrIndx: 0.9611
Belgium
68
PwrIndx: 0.9633
Sudan
69
PwrIndx: 1.0051
Croatia
70
PwrIndx: 1.0067
Cuba
71
PwrIndx: 1.0565
Democratic Republic of t
72
PwrIndx: 1.0631
Yemen
73
PwrIndx: 1.1208
Afghanistan
74
PwrIndx: 1.1511
Turkmenistan
75
PwrIndx: 1.1871
Jordan
76
PwrIndx: 1.1968
Libya
77
PwrIndx: 1.2349
Zambia
78
PwrIndx: 1.3035
Serbia
79
PwrIndx: 1.3041
Tunisia
80
PwrIndx: 1.3322
Lithuania
81
PwrIndx: 1.3751
Oman
82
PwrIndx: 1.3842
Zimbabwe
83
PwrIndx: 1.3906
Kuwait
84
PwrIndx: 1.4053
Georgia
85
PwrIndx: 1.4098
Kenya
86
PwrIndx: 1.4177
New Zealand
87
PwrIndx: 1.5184
Slovenia
88
PwrIndx: 1.5186
Mongolia
89
PwrIndx: 1.5447
Sri Lanka
90
PwrIndx: 1.5687
Kyrgyzstan
91
PwrIndx: 1.5688
Albania
92
PwrIndx: 1.5783
Uganda
93
PwrIndx: 1.5802
Tajikistan
94
PwrIndx: 1.6031
Chad
95
PwrIndx: 1.6041
Armenia
96
PwrIndx: 1.6888
Tanzania
97
PwrIndx: 1.7109
Bahrain
98
PwrIndx: 1.7134
Mali
99
PwrIndx: 1.7172
Botswana
100
PwrIndx: 1.7786
Guatemala
101
PwrIndx: 1.8203
Cameroon
102
PwrIndx: 1.8242
Moldova
103
PwrIndx: 1.8275
Ivory Coast
104
PwrIndx: 1.8514
Latvia
105
PwrIndx: 1.8691
Qatar
106
PwrIndx: 1.8696
Cambodia
107
PwrIndx: 1.8765
Ghana
108
PwrIndx: 1.9231
Mozambique
109
PwrIndx: 1.9287
Uruguay
110
PwrIndx: 1.9867
Honduras
111
PwrIndx: 2.0554
Estonia
112
PwrIndx: 2.1115
South Sudan
113
PwrIndx: 2.1281
Paraguay
114
PwrIndx: 2.1503
Ireland
115
PwrIndx: 2.1579
Niger
116
PwrIndx: 2.1631
Nicaragua
117
PwrIndx: 2.2228
Lebanon
118
PwrIndx: 2.2929
Montenegro
119
PwrIndx: 2.3173
Nepal
120
PwrIndx: 2.3472
Macedonia
121
PwrIndx: 2.3838
Republic of the Congo
122
PwrIndx: 2.4035
Bosnia and Herzegovina
123
PwrIndx: 2.5483
Madagascar
124
PwrIndx: 2.6168
Dominican Republic
125
PwrIndx: 2.6208
Namibia
126
PwrIndx: 2.6519
Laos
127
PwrIndx: 2.7113
Gabon
128
PwrIndx: 2.7173
Mauritania
129
PwrIndx: 2.7626
Somalia
130
PwrIndx: 2.7845
El Salvador
131
PwrIndx: 2.8716
Central African Republic
132
PwrIndx: 2.9336
Panama
133
PwrIndx: 3.5849
Sierra Leone
134
PwrIndx: 3.6956
Suriname
135
PwrIndx: 3.8295
Liberia
136
PwrIndx: 4.8442
Bhutan
137
PwrIndx: 6.3988
NOTES



Some qualities to observe in regards to the finalized ranking:

+ Ranking does not rely solely on total number of weapons available to any one country; there is also a focus on weapon diversity.
+ Nuclear weapons/stockpiles are NOT taken into account; recognized/suspected nuclear powers are given a bonus.
+ First World, Second World, and Third World statuses are taken into account.
+ Geographical factors, logistical flexibility, natural resources, and local industry are influencial to the final ranking.
+ Total available manpower is a key consideration as it directly influences many other categories.
+ Land-locked nations are NOT penalized for lack of a standing navy; naval powers ARE penalized for lack of diversity in available assets.
+ NATO allies receive a bonus due to the theoretical sharing of war-making resources.
+ A nation's financial stability/health is taken into account.
+ Current political/military leadership is NOT taken into account.

For 2019 there are a total of 137 countries included in the GFP database. New to 2019 is Moldova.

Arrow graphics correspond to each nation's placement against the previous year's list. Green Arrows indicate an increase in rank whilst Red Arrows reflect varying degrees of decline. Gray 'Double Arrows' reflect virtually no change in ranking (though this does not necessarily indicate that no changes occurred across individual values but more so that changes were not great enough to affect the year-over-year ranking). Increases/declines are based on many factors and can be related to equipment/manpower attrition, financial instability, population/resources fluxes, and the like. Additionally, changes to the GFP formula may also affect a nation's rising/declining position on this list.

FINAL NOTE: The values used in the finalized GFP ranking are constructed from information that is publicly available from various resources at the time of publishing - though it remains an impossibility to showcase presented values exactly due to limited reporting, a nation's lack of transparency, and other factors beyond our control. In some cases, estimates are used which may be based on previous years' data or, in its place, averages may be applied to complete the entry.