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2019 Military Strength Ranking

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

2019 Military Strength Ranking

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.

1
United States
PwrIndx: 0.0615
2
Russia
PwrIndx: 0.0639
3
China
PwrIndx: 0.0673
4
India
PwrIndx: 0.1065
5
France
PwrIndx: 0.1584
6
Japan
PwrIndx: 0.1707
7
South Korea
PwrIndx: 0.1761
8
United Kingdom
PwrIndx: 0.1797
9
Turkey
PwrIndx: 0.2089
10
Germany
PwrIndx: 0.2097
11
Italy
PwrIndx: 0.2277
12
Egypt
PwrIndx: 0.2283
13
Brazil
PwrIndx: 0.2487
14
Iran
PwrIndx: 0.2606
15
Pakistan
PwrIndx: 0.2798
16
Indonesia
PwrIndx: 0.2804
17
Israel
PwrIndx: 0.2964
18
North Korea
PwrIndx: 0.3274
19
Australia
PwrIndx: 0.3277
20
Spain
PwrIndx: 0.3921
21
Canada
PwrIndx: 0.3941
22
Taiwan
PwrIndx: 0.3956
23
Vietnam
PwrIndx: 0.3988
24
Poland
PwrIndx: 0.4059
25
Saudi Arabia
PwrIndx: 0.4286
26
Thailand
PwrIndx: 0.4302
27
Algeria
PwrIndx: 0.4551
28
Greece
PwrIndx: 0.4955
29
Ukraine
PwrIndx: 0.5082
30
Czechia
PwrIndx: 0.5119
31
Sweden
PwrIndx: 0.5263
32
South Africa
PwrIndx: 0.5405
33
Switzerland
PwrIndx: 0.5459
34
Mexico
PwrIndx: 0.5574
35
Netherlands
PwrIndx: 0.6063
36
Norway
PwrIndx: 0.6103
37
Myanmar
PwrIndx: 0.6162
38
Argentina
PwrIndx: 0.6274
39
Belarus
PwrIndx: 0.6418
40
Romania
PwrIndx: 0.6461
41
Malaysia
PwrIndx: 0.6523
42
Peru
PwrIndx: 0.6841
43
Venezuela
PwrIndx: 0.6931
44
Nigeria
PwrIndx: 0.7007
45
Bangladesh
PwrIndx: 0.7156
46
Colombia
PwrIndx: 0.7157
47
Ethiopia
PwrIndx: 0.7361
48
Uzbekistan
PwrIndx: 0.7365
49
Bulgaria
PwrIndx: 0.7525
50
Syria
PwrIndx: 0.7644
51
Denmark
PwrIndx: 0.7767
52
Azerbaijan
PwrIndx: 0.7791
53
Iraq
PwrIndx: 0.7813
54
Kazakhstan
PwrIndx: 0.7908
55
Hungary
PwrIndx: 0.7957
56
Austria
PwrIndx: 0.8007
57
Chile
PwrIndx: 0.8054
58
Angola
PwrIndx: 0.8154
59
Singapore
PwrIndx: 0.8161
60
Slovakia
PwrIndx: 0.8181
61
Morocco
PwrIndx: 0.8244
62
United Arab Emirates
PwrIndx: 0.8555
63
Finland
PwrIndx: 0.8661
64
Philippines
PwrIndx: 0.8862
65
Bolivia
PwrIndx: 0.9139
66
Ecuador
PwrIndx: 0.9451
67
Portugal
PwrIndx: 0.9611
68
Belgium
PwrIndx: 0.9633
69
Sudan
PwrIndx: 1.0051
70
Croatia
PwrIndx: 1.0067
71
Cuba
PwrIndx: 1.0565
72
Democratic Republic of t
PwrIndx: 1.0631
73
Yemen
PwrIndx: 1.1208
74
Afghanistan
PwrIndx: 1.1511
75
Turkmenistan
PwrIndx: 1.1871
76
Jordan
PwrIndx: 1.1968
77
Libya
PwrIndx: 1.2349
78
Zambia
PwrIndx: 1.3035
79
Serbia
PwrIndx: 1.3041
80
Tunisia
PwrIndx: 1.3322
81
Lithuania
PwrIndx: 1.3751
82
Oman
PwrIndx: 1.3842
83
Zimbabwe
PwrIndx: 1.3906
84
Kuwait
PwrIndx: 1.4053
85
Georgia
PwrIndx: 1.4098
86
Kenya
PwrIndx: 1.4177
87
New Zealand
PwrIndx: 1.5184
88
Slovenia
PwrIndx: 1.5186
89
Mongolia
PwrIndx: 1.5447
90
Sri Lanka
PwrIndx: 1.5687
91
Kyrgyzstan
PwrIndx: 1.5688
92
Albania
PwrIndx: 1.5783
93
Uganda
PwrIndx: 1.5802
94
Tajikistan
PwrIndx: 1.6031
95
Chad
PwrIndx: 1.6041
96
Armenia
PwrIndx: 1.6888
97
Tanzania
PwrIndx: 1.7109
98
Bahrain
PwrIndx: 1.7134
99
Mali
PwrIndx: 1.7172
100
Botswana
PwrIndx: 1.7786
101
Guatemala
PwrIndx: 1.8203
102
Cameroon
PwrIndx: 1.8242
103
Moldova
PwrIndx: 1.8275
104
Ivory Coast
PwrIndx: 1.8514
105
Latvia
PwrIndx: 1.8691
106
Qatar
PwrIndx: 1.8696
107
Cambodia
PwrIndx: 1.8765
108
Ghana
PwrIndx: 1.9231
109
Mozambique
PwrIndx: 1.9287
110
Uruguay
PwrIndx: 1.9867
111
Honduras
PwrIndx: 2.0554
112
Estonia
PwrIndx: 2.1115
113
South Sudan
PwrIndx: 2.1281
114
Paraguay
PwrIndx: 2.1503
115
Ireland
PwrIndx: 2.1579
116
Niger
PwrIndx: 2.1631
117
Nicaragua
PwrIndx: 2.2228
118
Lebanon
PwrIndx: 2.2929
119
Montenegro
PwrIndx: 2.3173
120
Nepal
PwrIndx: 2.3472
121
Macedonia
PwrIndx: 2.3838
122
Republic of the Congo
PwrIndx: 2.4035
123
Bosnia and Herzegovina
PwrIndx: 2.5483
124
Madagascar
PwrIndx: 2.6168
125
Dominican Republic
PwrIndx: 2.6208
126
Namibia
PwrIndx: 2.6519
127
Laos
PwrIndx: 2.7113
128
Gabon
PwrIndx: 2.7173
129
Mauritania
PwrIndx: 2.7626
130
Somalia
PwrIndx: 2.7845
131
El Salvador
PwrIndx: 2.8716
132
Central African Republic
PwrIndx: 2.9336
133
Panama
PwrIndx: 3.5849
134
Sierra Leone
PwrIndx: 3.6956
135
Suriname
PwrIndx: 3.8295
136
Liberia
PwrIndx: 4.8442
137
Bhutan
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.