Global fire power


2018 here:

2019 is about 4 weeks.

2012 where those:

1.United States




5.United Kingdom




9.South Korea






35.North Korea


There’s a critical fault with each of these countries’ militaries:

I. US: Inefficient and bloated Military-Industrial Complex. The money which is being spent is not being spent efficiently, and thus the US Military’s resources are sub-optimally allocated. US Conventional forces are suffering greatly, American military leaders are overconfident, the US military is infected with corporate interests, and the over-reliance on weapons such as supercarriers makes the US military vulnerable to a Death Star-type situation (too many resources pooled in one, massive, vulnerable project).

II. Russia: Resources. Not necessarily natural resources, but economic and technological. Most modern Russian MBTs get their computer tech (and indeed the electronics themselves) from NATO members. Russia’s economy is barely able to hold up its military, hence why they’ve had to be so frugal with their budget. All China or NATO has to do is just wait them out.

III. China: Lack of combat experience and mediocre ground forces. The Chinese military hasn’t been directly involved in a notable military conflict since the 80s. While NATO, Russian, and various other military forces have cut their teeth in recent conflicts (whether they be direct or proxy), the Chinese lack such experience. While their electronic warfare abilities are top-notch, their ground forces are poorly-trained, under-funded, and low on morale. If China tries to attack Vietnam or Taiwan, their forces will be severely disadvantaged in terms of morale and experience when compared to their potential targets.

IV. India: Generally outdated. India’s military has been relatively stagnant as of late, especially when it comes to technology. The Indian government has spent most of its time and funds investing in domestic economics, building itself up to be a larger geopolitical player. While this has paid off in most ways, it has left the military behind. Combined with the lack of a solid ally to lend them training, equipment, etc., the Indian military is nowhere near suited for anything outside of defense or small-scale intervention.

V. UK: Limbo. The UK is in a precarious geopolitical situation. They’ve been distancing themselves from Europe but still aren’t quite ready to become an American client state. This leaves them in a vulnerable position where they are neither under the wing of a stronger military force, nor are they strong enough to stand on their own. Combined with the internal instability of the UK, their military is ill-prepared for anything outside of a NATO-wide conflict

VI. France: Don’t know enough about them to make a solid statement, but my guess’d be logistics. France seems obsessed with having its own equipment. Between not adopting a more universal fighter jet to its mediocre tanks to the fact that their rifles take their own magazines to their reliance on the proprietary 7.5mm over 7.62mm, they seem unable to fully standardize with the rest of NATO. However, take this comment with a grain of salt, since I don’t know as much about them as the others on this list, and they have been making improvements on this front (such as the joint Franco-German military units recently created)

VII. Germany: Funding and logistics. Germany has some excellent military equipment. The problem is that they don’t have nearly enough of it. The German military is facing a dire lack of vital equipment, and they are almost totally reliant on H&K for small arms. While they could certainly have a worse company to hold the monopoly on their small arms production (ahem, Colt, ahem), this still makes them far too stubborn. While Germany is steadily increasing its military funding, it’ll be a long time before its enough to compensate.

VIII. Turkey: Political instability. For the longest time, the Turkish military has been as much a defender of Kemalism in Turkish politics as it has been a military force. While this isn’t a problem when a Kemalist party (or another party which is close enough to Kemalism) is in place, and the Kemalists do tend to be more pro-western than their opposition, Erdogan is very much NOT a Kemalist and his loyalty to NATO is questionable. This creates a division between political and military leadership, which may cause the former to hesitate in giving more power to the latter.

IX. South Korea: Manpower. Not nearly enough people to endure a long-term conflict on their own. While US support helps alleviate this, their lack of manpower makes them reliant on foreign support despite their excellent military training and equipment. Thankfully, this mostly only limits their offensive capabilities, as even without the US, they can still hold their own against North Korea in conventional warfare

X. Japan: Debt. Japan is in loads of debt from economic stagnation due to a lack of manpower. While other countries (i.e. Germany) have managed to offset this negative birth rate through immigration, Japan’s xenophobia severely limits their willingness to accept foreigners into their population beyond a select few nationalities. Japan needs to fix their economic stagnation, apologize for their crimes, and generally get their head out their ass before they can hope to invest in their armed forces.


1.Japan - 247,100 manpower

2.India - 1,360,000 manpower

3.China - 1,500,000 manpower

4.Iran - 534,000 manpower

5.Russia - 1,013,628 manpower

6.Poland - 105,000 manpower

7.Taiwan - 257,500 manpower

8.France - 205,000 manpower

9.United Kingdom - 62,000 manpower

10.South Korea - 627,500 manpower

11.Vietnam - 448,500 manpower

12.Australia - 57,800 manpower

13.Pakistan - 637,000 manpower

14.United States - 1,281,000 manpower

15.North Korea - 1,290,000 manpower

16.Syria - 150,000 manpower

17.Brazil - 334,500 manpower

18.Turkey - 350,000 manpower

19.Serbia - 28,000 manpower

20.Kazakhstan - 74,500 manpower

21.Indonesia - 435,750 manpower

22.Iraq - 168,000 manpower

23.Algeria - 150,000 manpower

24.Germany - 178,641 manpower

25.Ethiopia - 162,000 manpower

26.Ukraine - 182,000 manpower

27.Netherlands - 59,000 manpower

28.Israel - 170,000 manpower

29.Portugal - 35,000 manpower

30.Norway - 26,500 manpower

31.Italy - 247,500 manpower

32.Romania - 72,750 manpower

33.Thailand - 332,000 manpower

34.Saudi Arabia - 230,000 manpower

35.Egypt - 420,000 manpower

36.Kenya - 24,150 manpower

37.Marocco - 198,000 manpower

38.Sri Lanka - 202,500 manpower

39.Czech Republic - 22,000 manpower

40.Greece - 161,500 manpower

41.Angola - 107,000 manpower

42.Bangladesh - 160,000 manpower

43.Nepal - 95,000 manpower

44.Afghanistan - 200,000 manpower

45.Cuba - 69,500 manpower

46.Jordan - 105,000 manpower

47.Slovakia - 17,000 manpower

48.Myanmar - 406,000 manpower

49.Bulgaria - 33,150 manpower

50.Kuwait - 15,500 manpower

51.Sudan 177,150 manpower

52.Colombia - 369,100 manpower

53.Mexico - 280,000 manpower

54.Albania - 50,000 manpower

55.Uzbekistan - 56,500 manpower

56.Sweden - 17,500 manpower

57.Spain - 123,000 manpower

58.United Arab Emirates - 64,000 manpower

59.Belarus - 56,500 manpower

60.Tunisia - 38,150 manpower

61.Libya - 35,000 manpower

62.Chile - 65,000 manpower

63.Venezuela - 115,000 manpower

64.Oman - 57,300 manpower

65.Bolivia - 44,800 manpower

66.Nigeria - 124,000 manpower

67.Malaysia - 110,000 manpower

68.South Africa - 78,050 manpower

69.Argentina - 75,000 manpower

70.Chad - 30,500 manpower

71.Azerbaijan - 67,000 manpower

72.Yemen - 43,500 manpower

73.Singapore - 72,000 manpower

74.Canada - 64,000 manpower

75.Bosnia - 12,750 manpower

76.Croatia - 18,525 manpower

77.Lithuania - 16,015 manpower

78.Georgia - 30,325 manpower

79.Finland - 24,000 manpower

80.Turkmenistan - 30,000 manpower

81.Botswana - 9000 manpower

82.Uruguay - 25,000 manpower

83.Hungary - 23,000 manpower

84.Switzerland - 21,000 manpower

85.Somalia - 15,900 manpower

86.Kyrkyzstan - 13,700 manpower

87.Paraguay - 10,700 manpower

88.Ghana - 13,500 manpower

89.Latvia - 9155 manpower

90.Slovenia - 7500 manpower

Only my top 90 ranking.